Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse

Expand and Strengthen Prevention Strategies

Prevention strategies aim to reduce the overall impact of inappropriate use of opioids and drug-related activities on individuals and communities, while engaging public health officials, providers, community members, and other stakeholders. Education consists of community-based programs, policies, trainings and certifications, and other public health interventions to prevent prescription drug misuse, abuse, and diversion. Guidelines may also encourage judicious prescribing, patient education, referral to primary care and treatment for substance abuse when needed.

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