An alarming national statistic states that 2,500 teens abuse prescription pain pills for the first time every day.
West Virginia is under the microscope when it comes to pill abuse.
State and national officials are now using education as a way of combating this growing and dangerous trend.
Through a new initiative called Project Future, members of the United States Attorney's Office went to several local high schools including John Marshall, Brooke, Wheeling Park, and Magnolia High School.
The goal is to educate the students first hand about how important it is to maintain a healthy and drug free life.
Special guest speakers were also brought in to talk about the drug's availability.