Prescription drug abuse is a growing public health concern. With the increasing number of pain killers and other medically necessary products on the market, the likelihood of a person, particularly the youth or seniors, to accidentally overdose or abuse products has been rising. According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 percent of prescription painkiller deaths involve methadone, even though only two percent of painkiller prescriptions are for this drug.
Many states are looking to reduce prescription drug abuse, overdose and misuse, and have enacted different types of legislation to address this increasingly important public health issue.
2015 Introduced Prescription Drug Abuse Legislation