Prescription drugs abuse pdf
As described in this report, current HHS prescription drug abuse activities fall within the following eight domains: 1) surveillance, 2) drug abuse prevention, 3) patient and public education, 4) provider education, 5) clinical practice tools, 6) regulatory and oversight activities, 7) drug abuse treatment, and 8) overdose prevention. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recently declared prescription drug abuse to be (ONDCP) “the Nation’s fastest growing drug problem (1).” Prescription drugs are the most commonly abused drugs after third alcohol and marijuana (2). Data from the largest substance abuse survey in the nation show approximately Prescription drug misuse can have serious medical consequences. Increases in prescription drug misuse 1 over the last 15 years are reflected in increased emergency room visits, overdose deaths associated with prescription drugs 2–5, and treatment admissions for prescription drug use disorders, the most severe form of which is an addiction.