Man gets 3 years prison for giving Oxy pill to teen

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Mom of teen killed speaks
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PHOENIX -- A Valley mother says she can now move on after the man found guilty of giving her daughter prescription drugs which led to her death learned his fate.

azfamily.com's Tess Rafols reports the story with a warning for parents.

The numbers are scary: one in five teenagers abuses prescription drugs.

A man has finally paid the price for giving a girl oxycontin after she paid the ultimate price with her life.

Cindy Sierzchula and several other mothers are speaking out about deadly prescription drugs in heart-breaking, eye-opening public service announcements airing in the Valley.

One features Sierzchula talking about her daughter.

"Courtney died when she was 17 years old. She went to Mountain Ridge High school. She died of oxycontin."

Her mother reminisces.

"She was a wonderful girl. I miss her," says Sierzchula.

A little bit of justice for Courtney's family has arrived.

26-year-old David Ratey was sentenced to 3 years in prison for giving the teenager oxycontin.

Sierzchula says, "because of what he did, it killer her; it caused her death."

Courntey's mother tells us the two worked together at a pizza place and one night in February of last year, Courtney went to his home where she overdosed on oxycontin.

"Im hoping this sends a message," says Sierzchula. "I don't care how kind you are, you don't give minors drugs."

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office says the number of Arizona teens who died from prescription drug overdoses in 2006 was more than twice the number ofteens who died from meth, heroin, and cocaine combined.

"I hope parents are watching and see that it is in every school-t he prescription drugs. That's what the kids are doing, drug of choice these days," says Sierzchula. "I do not want my daughter to die in total vain. I want her memory to always be alive."