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Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force
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The abuse of prescription drugs has become an increasing epidemic across Oregon. In the last ten years, there has been a 450 percent increase in the number of deaths from prescription drug overdoses. Currently, there are more deaths per year from prescription drug overdoses than there are from automobile accidents.

In August, the National Governor’s Association gave a grant to the Governor’s office to develop a statewide plan to address this epidemic.

Below you can find information about prescription drug abuse through published documents, articles, publications, media and other resources.

Documents, Articles & Publications

Assessment of Evidence Based Practices – PDMP
Best Practices for Prescription Monitoring Programs – PMP Center for Excellence
Customized State Solutions – Magellan Health Services
Drug Diversion in the Medicaid Program – CMS
How to Dispose of Unused Medicines – FDA
Issue Brief - Six Strategies for Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse – NGA
Longer-Term Use of Opioids – WCRI
NGA Policy Recommendations - ASOP
Opioid Treatment Guideline (2009) – The Journal of PainNew
Opioids for Non-Cancer Pain (2009) – The Journal of Pain
Policy Impact of Prescription Painkiller Overdoses – CDCNew
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – CRS
Prescription Drugs - Abuse and Addiction – NIDA
Prescription Medication Abuse and Illegitimate Internet-based Pharmacies – Annals of Internal Medicine
Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse, Abuse and Diversion – ATHOS
Prevention of Prescription Overdose and Abuse – NCSL
Research Gaps on Use of Opioids for Non-Cancer Pain (2009) – The Journal of Pain
Vital Signs - Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers (1999-2008) – CDC
White House Prescription Drug Abuse Plan (2011)
Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – Statewide Data Report
Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – Info
Prescription opioid overdose & misuse in Oregon, presentation


American Medicine Chest Campaign Flyer
American Medicine Chest Campaign Handout
Combat National Prescription Drug Abuse Training Materials – NIDA - ONDCP
Opioid Manager – Tool for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
Oregon’s Application to be part of the NGA’s Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Policy Academy – Letter from the Governor
Smart Disposal – Brochure
Smart Disposal – Poster
Treatment Flow Chart for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain


Unused pills raise issues of disposal and risk - New York Times – December 6, 2012
Fighting prescription drug abuse, while treating pain, is a health care crisis - The Oregonian - July 2, 2012
Oregon’s prescription drug abuse problem requires medical intervention - The Oregonian – June 22, 2012
Is the era of OxyContin abuse over?


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