REPORT: States Arenít Prepared To Tackle The Growing Epidemic Of Prescription Drug Overdoses
October 8, 2013
by SY MUKHERJEE
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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