Wednesday, October 8, 2014

State leaders discuss prescription drug abuse epidemic

The growing threat of prescription drug addiction and the best ways to confront the epidemic was the focus Friday of a daylong meeting of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.

“We consider prescription drug abuse a major public health threat,” said Larry Wolk, MD, the executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “It now claims more lives than motor vehicle accidents each year.”

Wolk was speaking to about 100 healthcare providers and state officials gathered inside the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Joining him was Colorado Attorney General John Suthers who said over the last eight years the state had recovered 64 tons of prescription drugs in various take-backs.

“The amount of prescription drugs out there is mind-boggling,” he said.

For the rest of the story, go to the CU Denver newsroom.

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