REPORT: States Arenít Prepared To Tackle The Growing Epidemic Of Prescription Drug Overdoses

October 8, 2013

The number of Americans abusing and dying from prescription drug overdoses remains at record levels — and states simply don’t have the policies in place to address the epidemic, according to a comprehensive new state-by-state reportfrom the public health group Trust for America’s Health.

“Prescription drugs can be a miracle for many, but misuse can have dire consequences. The rapid rise of abuse requires nothing short of a full-scale response — starting with prevention and education all the way through to expanding and modernizing treatment,” said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of Trust for America’s Health, in a press release. “There are many promising signs that we can turn this around — but it requires urgent action.”

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