Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse: Programs and Strategies

Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse: Programs and Strategies
Posted 4/16/2020

The nonmedical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD) has become an increasing public health concern in the United States, with abuse rates rising rapidly since the late 1990s. Yet preventing and reducing prescription drug misuse represents a major challenge for states and communities, as prescription drugs offer important health benefits, in addition to presenting risks. Less is known about prevention strategies, and may involve key intermediaries different from those who supply alcohol and other drugs. The information is organized into two sections. Section 1 presents brief information on identified interventions, including: target population;  the setting in which the program is implemented; main outcomes; and any external recognition by national evidence-based rating organizations. Section 2 includes more detailed summaries of each intervention that are organized into education, tracking, medication disposal, harm reduction and multi-component programs.