Prescription Drug Problem America has a prescription drug problem. According to the office of National Drug Control Policy, prescription drug abuse is the Nation's fastest-growing drug issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has even classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. A new article in the Journal of the American Medical Association points to overprescribing drugs like Opioids as a direct cause for their rise on the black market. Doctor Daniel Webster, professor of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School says, “Prescribing opioids as a matter of course for treatment impedes the opportunity to explore and implement other methods of therapy that could offer relief for millions of Americans who suffer from acute or chronic pain. It also increases the odds these drugs will be misused or diverted from the legal to the illegal market, leading to more addiction and death.” Montgomery County, Maryland Councilmember, Phil Andrews, says his community is like many others across the country. They want to figure out how to curb this alarming trend. The co-director of the new Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness, Doctor G. Caleb Alexander says, “More people in the U.S. die from a drug overdose than they do from motor vehicle accidents and more of those deaths are caused by prescription opioids than those attributable to cocaine and heroin combined.” Now it’s your turn. We want to know your thoughts. Please comment and join in the discussion.+ More details
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