Efforts underway to fight epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse

January 29, 2014
by Barbara Schneeman
Billings Gazette

What can be done to combat the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers?

Efforts are underway to fight this epidemic at the federal, state and local levels. The comprehensive measures include tracking overdose trends to understand the scope of the problems, educating health care providers and the public about prescription drug abuse and overdose, disposing of painkillers properly and improving prescription drug monitoring programs.

In a recent report, the Trust for America’s Health outlined a four-pronged approach:

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