Curbing Drug Abuse, the Focus of The Center's March 2014 Policy Snapshot

In this month’s Policy Snapshot - Drug Safety: – The Dark Side of Pills – the second in a two-part series on drug safety - we explore inappropriate use of drugs and some of the supply chains that are contributing to the problem.

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Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) March 31, 2014

While medications provide essential relief to many in need – including cancer patients, mothers in labor, and children with fractured bones – the downside is that they can also be abused. Curbing drug abuse has taken on heightened importance across the state and right here in Northeast Ohio as the number of unintentional drug deaths has continued to climb.

In this month’s Policy Snapshot - Drug Safety: – The Dark Side of Pills – the second in a two-part series on drug safety - we explore inappropriate use of drugs and some of the supply chains that are contributing to the problem. Efforts by advocates, healthcare providers, lawmakers, and pharmacies to attack prescription drug abuse and curb the heroin epidemic are also examined.

A full list of The Center's publications can be found on the website along with a wide range of resources covering a variety of health policy issues.

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