Painkillers more fatal than
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IANS: Prescription painkillers kill more people
in US than heroin and cocaine combined, thanks to fatal overdosing, says a new
Experts from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Programme (PDMP) Centre of
Excellence at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and
Management systematically assessed prescription drug monitoring programmes and
found a patchwork of strategies and standards.
"An epidemic of prescription drug abuse is devastating American families and
draining state and federal time, money and manpower," said Hal Rogers, chairman
of the House Appropriations Committee.
"Law enforcement and health officials are doing heroic work and, thankfully,
this report provides a road map to help them further."
"Being proactive is the key to success in the fight against prescription
painkiller abuse," said John L. Eadie, Director, PDMP Centre Brandeis
"While doctors may routinely collect and report data to a state programme that
signals where and when prescription painkillers are likely being misused, the
programme might not share that information with others who can best use it."
By the end of 2001, the report found that 16 states had authorized the creation
of prescription drug monitoring programmes; within 11 years that number had
grown to 49. Today, 41 states have programmes in operation, according to a