Scottsboro, AL (PRWEB) June 05, 2012
Independent pharmacy owners received a comprehensive presentation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Diversion Control, discussed a range of topics related to prescription drug abuse and the pharmacy’s role in fighting this epidemic. American Associated Pharmacies (AAP) hosted this event on April 28, 2012, in San Diego, CA.
The main focus of this educational program was “pharmaceutical diversion” and the use of prescription drugs for recreational purposes. Prescription drug abuse is a major epidemic in the U.S. and a growing trend among teenagers. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) 2008 report, the total number of new initiates using pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives was 2,512,000, and those initiating with marijuana was 2,178,000. Just two years later this same survey found that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications accounted for most of the top drugs abused by 12th graders.
Mr. Rannazzisi explained how many pharmaceutical drugs abused in the United States are diverted by doctor shopping, forged prescriptions, theft, and the Internet. The DEA understands that it can best serve the public interest by working with the pharmacy community to prevent the diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances and to educate DEA registrants on their legal obligations. Pharmacists are the last line of defense against pharmaceutical diversion and AAP’s network of pharmacies will continue to fight diversion in communities across America.