Report: States not hooked on programs to solve prescription addiction and overdose deaths

October 7, 2013
by Lee Bowman
Scripps Howard News Service

A new scorecard of how states are adopting tactics to reduce prescription drug addiction and overdose deaths concludes that many have not fully embraced some key tools.

Only two states – New Mexico and Vermont – have adopted all 10 laws and policies considered helpful toward ending an epidemic that affects at least 6 million people, according to the survey released Monday by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health.

“This requires a combined approach, there isn’t a magic bullet solve this problem,’’ said Jeff Levi, executive director of the group.

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