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Mother frustrated with kids' alleged abuse of prescription drugs

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Police and paramedics are called to a South Hill home for a report of teenagers overdosed on drugs. When they arrive the teens appear to be okay. But this story doesn't end there.

One mother says police are overlooking a much larger problem: teens turning to their parents' prescription drugs for a high.

Just before 10 a.m. Thursday, Sharon Arger went down the stairs of her South Hill home and found her 15-year-old daughter and three of her friends unresponsive.

"I went down there and saw them lying on the bed, the floor and the chair and there's white powder lined up for them to snort," said Arger.

Arger says she quickly realized the white powder is her prescription Oxycontin, a powerful pain killer she takes for a degenerative spinal cord condition. Arger called medics and the police.

"I thought we'd have four fatalities up here, but luckily we didn't; they said it was all a misunderstanding," said Sergeant Marc Wheelright with the Spokane Police Department.

Medics checked the teens and determined they were okay. Police took two of the teens back to their homes, and the other two, including Arger's daughter, went back to school. But left behind - a very frustrated Arger.

"I've called police, I've called Tamarack, I've called the school. No one will help me," she said.

According to Arger, despite her best efforts to lock up her Oxycontin, she says her daughter and her friends keep getting into it. She fears they are selling it on the street and she says despite the kids' denials to police, it's obvious they are using it.

"If they snorted all these they could have been dead. And they don't get it," Arger said.

Arger says even though it's her own daughter, she's speaking out and pleading for help. So that these kids "get it" before the drug gets them.

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