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Four States Create Prescription Drug Task Force


Four states—Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia—have created the Interstate Prescription Drug Task Force to fight the region’s prescription drug abuse problem.

The task force consists of about 30 experts from drug agencies and law enforcement, according to The Courier-Journal. They will develop strategies to reduce the sale and abuse of prescription drugs, and will make recommendations to improve cooperation in sharing data, educational campaigns and police investigations.

All four states use electronic drug monitoring systems to collect information on who receives and prescribes certain medications, the article notes. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said on Wednesday the task force’s success will depend in large part on sharing drug information through these programs. “Kentucky isn’t an island. We have to attack this problem on a nationwide basis and work with other states to share information if we hope to turn around the prescription drug problem,” he said in a news release.

In April, the federal government announced a new strategy that aims to cut the use of prescription painkillers by 15 percent in five years. A major part of the proposal will be a push for prescription drug databases in every state.

4 Responses to this article

  1. / August 30, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Using drugs as directed can be deadly too. There are few “safe” drugs. It is a good idea not to let them in your house. No drugs means fewer premature deaths. However we are all going to die anyway so the disease you are trying to treat with drugs simply delays the inevitable except for when it hastens the end. I think I will stick with CS practice. Much simpler.

  2. sugerdog / August 29, 2011 at 8:57 am

    All the THP-KHP-OHP-WVHP are doing is pulling over and arresting people that are driving across states on the interstate to get to a methadone clinics to get help from being addicted from opiods .People are car pooling and driving long distances to get help because some clinics our differant, Like Chattanooga/CRC/Volenteer treatment center will take you in the next day after calling in a apointment and it dont take 58.00 to inroll and get started and I think that is great for people that needs help right away. Now their other methadone clinics closer and not as far to drive but it takes a long time to get inrolled into and cost alot more money to get treated and I don’t think this is right because every methadone clinic should be state regulated and paid closer attention to because now these clinics are raise their rates and make a money makeing machine out of peoples pain and suffering. Not all clinics but some thats why I say they all need to be the same in cost and in time it takes to get inrolled. Bottem line is these people need help and everyone has their own story in why they got addicted to painkillers and some of them do need their meds but cain’t afford them and go to differant measures because they have to. Were all gods children makeing their way through life with all our aches and pains and be carefull out there on these interstates and driving these long distances but people have to do what they have to do to save what they have left in their jobs and families and life in general.

  3. cheryl / August 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve just read the article regarding the four states’ prescription drug task force and there is no mention of treatment for abusers. When will this end, whereby we try to solve these problems solely by punishing users. It is quite clear there is a huge problem, but punishment alone does not work.

  4. Danette Jammer / August 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Sorry my spelling is not perfect but I wasn’t allowed to pr read my message. Please just stop listening to the regular news and trust your heart. If it sounds right and that all that is in the bill to stop miss use of medications, then GREAT I agree and would sign it. But if there is more to the bill than meets they eye then I am against it

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