By Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief
“Opioids diverted from friends and family members who have legitimate prescriptions are a major source of abused prescription opioids.”
More than 800 lbs. of drugs have been collected in Lycoming County, PA, since collection boxes were placed in law enforcement agencies over a year ago, allowing residents to safely dispose of unwanted drugs. Here the drugs are separated from their containers before incineration. Photo courtesy of Karen Vibert-Kennedy / Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
Amid recent reports from the CDC drawing attention to a prescription painkiller and heroin overdose epidemic, last week President Obama announced an initiative to address both prescription drug and heroin abuse in the United States. In addition to a PR campaign involving sports figures and celebrities, the initiative mandates education and training for those who prescribe controlled substances and steps to improve access to treatment for drug addiction.
This epidemic can’t be blamed on a single cause, and as the CDC points out, any meaningful solution must also address such crucial issues as […]