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Plan B pill approved for over-the-counter use

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Teen pregnancy is discussed at a valley Planned Parenthood office on Tuesday. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) Teen pregnancy is discussed at a valley Planned Parenthood office on Tuesday. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
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The FDA Tuesday approved the Plan B emergency contraception pill to be available for 15-year-olds with identification, and they won't need to ask a pharmacist for it. It is approved for over-the-counter use and could soon be found in the condom aisle.

Previously, you could only get the Plan B pill if you were 17 and older without a prescription.

At a Planned Parenthood office Tuesday night, parents talked about teen pregnancy and other issues. It was a workshop held by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition.

Parents took part in exercises to learn how to talk with their kids about sexually transmitted infections, teen pregnancy and sex without scaring them off.

"It's better for us to tell them than for them to find it out on the street or from music and TV," parent Malika Gervin-Lawson said.

"We think that if more parents spent more time talking with their children about sex, we could do something to curb the rate of teen pregnancy," coalition chair Sandra Mack said.

The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) said Nevada ranks no. 4 in the nation for teen pregnancy and no. 13 for teen births. The estimated cost to our state is more than $84 million. Numbers like those are why the FDA is making these kind of changes to the accessibility of Plan B.

"As a parent, I would hope my child would come to me first before taking on a big decision," Gervin-Lawson said.

And while some parents may be outraged at the news, those at the coalition said having open communication could prevent families from having to go down that road at all.

"If a teen chooses abstinence, then that's not something they have to worry about. If a teen chooses to have sex and uses a condom, emergency contraception may not be a topic to even discuss," SNHD Health Educator Shawnta Jackson said.

Identification will be required to buy the Plan B pill, just like with other drugs or alcohol.

May 1 is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. SNHD wants parents and teens to take this quiz on prevention. At the end, the teens can enter to win an iTunes gift card.

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