Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse in Iowa, January 5, 2011

(2011) Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse in Iowa, January 5, 2011. Drug Control Policy, Office of


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Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, as outlined by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s 2011 national plan “Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis.” The urgency of the challenge is underscored in other reports, including a recent analysis by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that said: “Overdoses involving prescription painkillers are at epidemic levels and now kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.” According to the CDC, more than 40 people die in America every day from overdoses involving narcotic pain relievers such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Oxycontin), methadone and oxymorphone (Opana). In Iowa, the situation is similar, at least in some ways. Prescription drug abuse is one of the fastest-growing forms of substance abuse in our state too, though its scope is smaller and on a more manageable scale when compared with most other states. The Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, reports the drug overdose deaths of at least 130 Iowans over the last three years (2008-2010) due to non-heroin opioids (i.e., prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone), nearly as many as for the previous eight years combined (149 from 2000-2007).

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Drugs, Iowa, Drug Abuse, Prescription Drugs
Subjects: Public Safety and consumer protection
Public Safety and consumer protection > Public safety
Health and medicine > Drugs and pharmacology
ID Code: 12973
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 03 May 2012 15:21
Last Modified: 03 May 2012 15:21