Project Hope: Educating People About Prescription Painkiller Abuse

October 9, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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October 9, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - There's a drug epidemic in Western New York, but there's a twist...you may have some of these drugs right on the shelf of your medicine cabinet.

A major campaign to educate people about prescription painkiller abuse, called Project Hope, kicks off today.

The campaign brings together dozens of groups from across the area. It's main target is preventing teens and college students from falling into the trap of abusing painkillers.

A multimedia blitz is planned for Project Hope, with Channel 7 among the partners broadcasting a documentary.

You can watch it October 22nd at 7:30 p.m. right here on Channel 7.

For more information on Project Hope, click HERE.