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Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse: Lessons Learned from an NGA Policy Academy

Prescription drug abuse is driving an epidemic of overdose deaths that increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010. This paper highlights lessons learned from the policy academy that can inform other states’ efforts to combat the problem.

The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado

Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) will attempt to track the impact of marijuana legalization in the state of Colorado. This report will utilize, whenever possible, a comparison of three different eras in Colorado’s...

NABP Issues Consensus Statement on Controlled Substances

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®), along with a coalition of health care industry stakeholders, has issued a consensus statement regarding the collaborative steps that will be taken to help ensure the delivery of responsible and...

NAMSDL Model Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Act - REVISED 11-22-2013

The purpose of this [Act] is to reduce prescription drug abuse and fraud by providing a tool that will ensure that doctors making prescribing decisions have complete and reliable information about what, if any, other prescription drugs have recently...

NCOIL: Best Practices to Address Opioid Abuse, Misuse and Diversion

In early 2012, NCOIL began a more than year-long investigation into causes and consequences of opioid abuse, giving particular consideration to impacts on the workers’ compensation insurance market. Hours of expert testimony and committee discussion,...

Controlled Substances & Prescription Drugs
A controlled substance is generally a drug or chemical whose manufacture, possession, or use is regulated by a government and whose general availability is restricted. Controlled substances are subject to legislative control.
Criminal Justice
From Maine to California, and every village and hamlet in between, Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police, Governors, Attorneys General, frontline officers, and treatment providers have all said that the number one escalating issue is prescription drugs...the pills.
Alcohol
Alcohol use disorders are medical conditions that doctors can diagnose when a patient's drinking causes distress or harm. In the United States, about 18 million people have an alcohol use disorder, classified as either alcohol dependence—perhaps better known as alcoholism—or alcohol abuse.
Continuum of Addiction Treatment Services
Drug and alcohol abuse is often complex in nature and permeates every facet of an individual's life. The individual's personal health and functioning within the family unit suffers; obligations in the workplace and community suffer.