Inclusion of Rx drug abuse as policy focus draws praise

04/29/2013 | Drug Store News

The U.S. government and trade groups praised the inclusion of the prevention of prescription drug abuse as a policy focus in the Office of National Drug Control Policy's 2013 National Drug Control Strategy. "We agree that our nation's front-line healthcare professionals play a vital role in efforts to reduce the abuse and misuse of opioids," the FDA said. HDMA, a health care distribution trade group "supports ONDCP's approach to this issue that involves a multilayered strategy, allowing for critical training and education for healthcare professionals; providing adequate funding and interoperability for state prescription drug monitoring programs; the establishment of prescription drug take-back and disposal programs that are safe, accessible and cost-effective; and coordinated law-enforcement efforts at the federal, state and local levels to remove 'bad actors' from the system," President and CEO John Gray said.

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