New report: Most states failing to curb prescription drug abuse
A new report suggests many states are lacking effective strategies to curb prescription drug abuse. This, despite the fact that prescription drug misuse is now responsible for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.
The study released by Trust for America's Health, evaluated each state on several strategies that have shown promise in fighting against prescription drug abuse. Those include prescription drug monitoring programs and laws that require special education for medical providers who prescribe painkillers. The study found that many states simply don't have these programs in place.