National Rx Drug Abuse Summit Focused National Attention, Efforts on Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse Issues

ROUND PILLSThis article provides an excellent recap of the second National Rx Drug Abuse Summit held April 2-4, 2013, in Orlando, Florida. Nearly 900 people from 49 states and two other countries attended the conference.

“A national outcry about the human cost of prescription drug abuse is needed if efforts to stop this national epidemic are to be successful. People of great passion and perspective are here wanting to make an impact in their communities,” said Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-5th), chair of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations, whose efforts to address prescription drug abuse have been recognized nationally.

“The first step is we have to admit there is a problem,” said Rogers, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse. “I don’t think the country is there yet. We’ve got to face up to it. We’ve got to make this known … and that we’re not going to hide from it.”

Source: – April 12, 2013


  1. Ivan says

    I wanted to provide some of my opinions and concerns regarding the increase in prescription abuse. I think first and foremost, if a prescription is given out and it is a habit forming medication, then it should only be fair that the client attend a treatment program in order to prevent abuse. Or atleast allow them to be assesses/evaluated by a worker who is an addictions specialist to determine if there is any indication that the individual displays behavior that can be related to an addictive personality.
    Secondly, doctors need to be held accountable as well. I cannot tell you how many times I meet patients who are on pain medication who have informed me that no matter how many times they ask thier doctor for something other than the current pain medication (because they are starting to abuse it), the doctor continues to prescribe it no less, and even increases the doses. Alot of pts that I met who are on pain medication want to get off of it and on something less habit forming, but thier physicians or doctors do not adhere to the warnings being presented.

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