Saturday, January 11, 2014

Few States on Top of Prescription Drug Abuse & Diversion Controls

It seems that only three states are doing an effective job of combating the growing problem of prescription drug abuse, according to a recent report from the National Safety Council. The report, "Prescription Nation: Addressing American's Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic," credits only Kentucky, Vermont, and Washington for meeting standards in four areas identified: prescribing and overdose education and prevention programs, prescription drug monitoring programs, responsible painkiller prescribing, and state leadership action.

The report identified 14 states as having failed to meet any of the standards: Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming... according to the NSC.

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