The White House released its plan last week entitled “Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis” [LINK to pdf of this 10-page plan]. Below are some of the elements in this plan that is part of the National Drug Control Strategy (like that has worked so well :-/).
The areas of this plan involve education of prescribers and users, monitoring programs, making it easy to dispose of controlled dangerous substances (CDS for short), and enhancing enforcement. The plan establishes thirteen goals for the next five years, and also creates a coordinating body, the Federal Council on Prescription Drug Abuse, to oversee and coordinate it all.
If any of our readers have comments on specific items (I’ve numbered them for ease of reference), including unintended (or even intended) consequences, please chime in.
- require training on responsible opiate prescribing
- require Pharma to develop education materials for providers and patients
- require professional schools and organizations to include instruction on balancing use of opiates for pain while reducing abuse
- require state licensing boards to include relevant ongoing education in their licensure requirements
- help ACEP develop guidelines for opiate prescribing in the Emergency Department [this should be a big help]
- increased use of written patient-provider agreements
- facilitate public education campaigns, especially targeting parents
- encourage research on low-abuse potential treatments, epidemiology of substance abuse, and abuse-deterrent formulations Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Shrink Rap*