Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time began by using a prescription drug non-medically.

Opioid prescribing and abuse prevention continue to be discussed by policymakers at both the national and state levels. The NCMS has been involved through a special task force, our lobbying efforts, and educational outreach to prescribers.

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