Rockefeller Urges Federal Agencies to Take Stronger Steps Against Prescription Drug Abuse

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is asking three federal agencies to step up efforts to
counter prescription drug abuse, an increasing problem in West Virginia.

Rockefeller wrote to the Government Accountability Office, the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

He requested that the GAO study the neonatal abstinence syndrome. He asked the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services for information about how the agency monitors prescription
drug abuse by people on Medicaid and Medicare. Rockefeller also asked the FDA about efforts
to improve education about methadone for both patients and those who prescribe it.

The press release can be accessed at:

Source: – February 12, 2013