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AG Cooper kicks off drug abuse prevention program in Charlotte

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper dropped by the Queen City on Wednesday to launch a program aimed at stopping prescription drug abuse in high schools across the state.

Cooper brought Amanda Fannasy, a Charlotte resident who says she struggled for years with prescription drug abuse. She joined Cooper at Vance High School to speak in front of hundreds of students. Fannasy says she became addicted to Adderall quickly after receiving a prescription.

"I could not function without this drug. I was willing to give up my friendships, my relationships,  my vehicle," she said.

For years, Fannasy was in and out of jail. She says she committed dozens of felonies related to her drug abuse.

"I would have robbed a pharmacy if I could have gotten away with it, and that's sad," she said.

Cooper also brought along SBI Special Agent Donnie Varnell who told students that if even they just give someone else prescribed medication without exchanging money, they are committing a felony.

Cooper says he's challenging Vance High School and other area schools to make a video about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.  He'll announce the winner later this spring. For more on stopping prescription drug abuse, click here.

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