The American Medical Association Offers a Strategy for Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug abuse is quickly becoming one of the most serious substance abuse problems in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths involving opioid pain relievers now outnumbers deaths involving heroin and cocaine combined. But, medical groups and practitioners are quickly forming plans for how to fight the substance abuse epidemic sweeping the nation.
One such group, The American Medical Association has released a five-pronged public health approach that emphasizes treatment for this specific form of substance abuse as well as further prevention.
Dr. Robert M. Wah, president of the American Medical Association, shared this plan in detail in an article published by the Boston Globe. Considering Oklahoma has been called the state with the most severe prescription painkiller abuse problem, it is important for health care providers and legislators alike to consider these strategies in hopes to cut down on prescription drug abuse, overdose, and fatalities.