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For Immediate Release,
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem in the United States. In the last 10 years, the number of deaths by prescription drug abuse or has nearly quadrupled – now the second leading cause of unintentional death. To address this issue, the National Safety Council is partnering with the National Governors Association on a Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Policy Academy.
The yearlong Policy Academy will assist governors in reducing drug abuse and misuse state-by-state through six comprehensive and coordinated strategies. This initiative is being co-chaired by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. In addition to Alabama and Colorado, five states have been selected to participate, which include Arkansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia.
The strategies identified in the NGA brief, Six Strategies for Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse consist of:
  • Making better use of prescription drug monitoring programs
  • Enhancing enforcement efforts
  • Ensuring proper disposal of prescription drugs
  • Leveraging the state’s role as regulator and purchaser of services
  • Building partnerships among key stake holders
  • Promoting public education about prescription drug abuse
These strategies have been established by leading researchers, practitioners, industry experts and representatives of federal agencies and are intended for use by state governors to reduce prescription drug abuse. NSC looks forward to our partnership with NGA to help prevent these needless tragedies.
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