Government Initiatives to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse
HHS Initiative to Address Opioid Abuse: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has made addressing the opioid abuse problem a high priority and is committed to accelerating its work towards decreasing opioid overdoses and overall overdose mortality, and decreasing the prevalence of opioid use disorder. For more information, see the HHS issue brief.
CDC Resources on Prescription Drug Abuse: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to advancing a public health approach to preventing drug overdose death and has resources for states, the public and health care providers.
Obama Administration-Public and Private Sector Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use: More than 40 provider groups – representing doctors, dentists, advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and educators—have made commitments to address opioid abuse. ASA is listed as a partner in the White House press release.
Opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS): The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy for extended-release (ER) and long-acting (LA) opioid medications. REMS introduces new safety measures to reduce risks and improve safe use of ER/LA opioids while continuing to provide access to these medications for patients in pain. The program provides additional training via CME for prescribers of ER/LA opioid analgesics.
ONDCP Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan: In 2011, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) issued a plan to combat the opioid epidemic.