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Prescription drugs are easy to find and easy to hide.

Pills, they don't have a smell to them. You just take them and boom, said a 16-year-old California girl.

She said many of her fellow high school students use prescription drugs to get high, and they're not the only ones.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a survey that finds 1 out of every 5 high school students has abused a prescription drug at least once.

Students are mostly misusing drugs to treat ADHD, like Adderall and Ritalin, or painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin.

Some of these prescription pain medications can cause students to be really sleepy, even have respiratory problems, said Dr. Macary Marciniak with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Pharmacists say those heavy painkillers often contain high doses of acetaminophen. Taking too much or combining it with other pills can quickly lead to liver damage or death.

Kids often get their drugs either from other students or unsuspecting parents.

As a parent, I would want to make sure I cleaned out my medicine cabinet at home -- that I made sure that any unused medications I had I would take out of the home, Marciniak said.

Experts also suggest keeping track of the pills inside bottles to see if they're slowly disappearing from homes.

The CDC survey found the problem was most common among white students, and those in higher grades in high school. Boys and girls were equally likely to abuse prescription drugs.

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