LAS VEGAS -- There is a serious pill problem in Clark County schools. One drug coalition has seen kids as young as 8 years old abusing prescription drugs. Police say more than half of pill abusers get the pills from a friend or relative and it can be a deadly mistake.
School police say pill popping is a year-round event. Some kids even throw pharm parties where they take prescription pills from medicine cabinets and share them with friends. Police say prescription pills are every bit as dangerous and deadly as traditional illegal drugs.
Ali McCurdy says she is lucky to be alive. At 19, she was injured in a bad car crash, but it wasn't the crash that almost killed her.
"I got hit by an auto delivery truck, and I ended up having three levels of back pain," McCurdy said.
She says a doctor put her on pain medication and before she knew it, she was addicted. Life quickly spiraled out of control.