White House Issues Plan to Cut Prescription Drug Abuse


The Obama administration today issued a national framework for reducing prescription drug diversion and abuse by supporting the expansion of state-based prescription drug monitoring programs, recommending more convenient and environmentally responsible disposal methods to remove unused medications from the home, supporting education for patients and healthcare providers, and reducing the prevalence of pill mills and doctor shopping through enforcement efforts.

The administration said the plan resulted from six months of collaboration across the federal government, with agencies including the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and others. In support of the action plan, the Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is requiring an Opioids Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy that will require manufacturers of long-acting and extended-release opioids to provide educational programs to prescribers, as well as materials prescribers can use when counseling patients about the risks and benefits of opioid use.

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