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US Seeks 15 Pct. Drop in Prescription Drug Abuse

9:11 AM, Apr 19, 2011   |    comments
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MIAMI -- A new national strategy is being unveiled by the White House drug czar to combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic and aims to reduce misuse of powerful painkillers like oxycodone by 15 percent within five years.

The plan is being unveiled Tuesday in Washington by drug czar Gil Kerlikowske.

It focuses on areas such as education for prescribing physicians and the public, pushing for tracking databases in all 50 states, better methods of throwing out unused or expired prescriptions, and more intense training and focus by law enforcement on illegal pill mill clinics.

Florida is the epicenter of the deadly rise in prescription abuse. Doctors in the Sunshine State prescribe 85 percent of all oxycodone in the U.S.


Associated Press

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