Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse
As prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions nationally, solutions to this problem require comprehensive strategies. Through activities that promote coordination and integration across multiple agencies and service systems, ASTHO supports states in their efforts to improve health outcomes and prevent opioid misuse, abuse, and diversion.
Profiles of State and Territory Prescription Drug Abuse Action
Learn what states and territories across the U.S. are doing in response to the prescription drug overdose epidemic.
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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
In-utero opioid exposure and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) are public health issues that the majority of states are facing today.
A statewide approach to NAS can address several levels of intervention. Read more »
Strategies and Resources Toolkit
Information to help states and territories implement comprehensive programs to prevent misuse and deaths associated with prescription drugs. Read more »
We’ve organized these into four core areas:
- Prevention Strategies
- Monitoring and Surveillance
- Control and Enforcement
- Treatment and Recovery
President's Challenge to Curb Prescription Drug Misuse and Overdose
Information about ASTHO's 2014 President's Challenge and a map of states/territories that have taken the "15 by 15" pledge. Read more »
ASTHO Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Strategic Map
The framework provided by the ASTHO Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Strategic Map: 2013-2015 guides the President's Challenge and ASTHO's ongoing work, with strategic priorities that support the central challenge of achieving measurable reductions in controlled prescription drug misuse, abuse, and overdose. Read more »