Suncoast students create PSA about prescription drug abuse

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The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has selected the winner in a student competition to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) warning teens about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and misuse.

The PSA competition was held among Television Production students at Pineview School. There were 10 entries overall and the winning 30-second spot was created by 11th graders Wesley Backer and Max Klauber.

“Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are among the most commonly abused drugs by teens, so we wanted to see how students would reach out to peers with this lifesaving message,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “As the entries showed, we have some real talent in this community, so we hope to expand the competition next year.”



The winning PSA will air on ABC 7 beginning December 19th, through the end of the year. Airtime was paid for by Regional Strike Force funding from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The PSA will also air on The Education Channel and is posted on the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office YouTube channel.