NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Teenagers getting behind the wheel of a car for the first time used to be one of the biggest causes of concern for parents, but now experts say there may be bigger threats to a teen’s safety.

Steve Pasierb, President of the Partnership at told WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond that prescription drug abuse should be a major concern for parents.

“They need to be worried about prescription drugs just as much. Commit to having a conversation with the kids in your life, safeguarding your meds, and taking action,” he said.

One in sex teens has used prescription drugs to get high, according to the partnership. Phil Bowers’ son Mark is tragic proof of the deadly consequences of teenage pill abuse.

“And I need to wake parents up. I need to get in their face and say, look at these eyes, they’re empty. Life is not OK,” he said

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