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Abuse & Misuse of Prescription Drugs

This site was prepared in cooperation with the following agencies: Texas Medical Board , Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners, State Board of Dental Examiners, Board of Nurse Examiners, Texas Optometry Board, and Texas State Board of Pharmacy.

Within the last decade, abuse and misuse of certain prescription drugs, especially pain medications, has become prevalent. Studies have indicated that educating health care providers about the growing problem and providing them with information will create a heightened awareness of the appropriate use of pain medication as well as the misuses and diversion of addictive pain medications. This website contains resources for information on:

(1) prescribing and dispensing pain medications

(2) abusive and addictive behavior of certain persons who use prescription pain medications

(3) common diversion strategies employed by certain persons who use prescription pain medications, including fraudulent patterns

(4) the appropriate use of pain medications and the difference between addiction, pseudo-addiction, tolerance, and physical dependence

(5) information regarding the services provided by poison control centers

Agency Guidelines/Position Statements on the Treatment of Pain

Position Statement on the Treatment of Pain

Corresponding Responsibility

General Information for Health Professionals

Red Flags

Information from the Missouri Task Force on Misuse, Abuse, and Diversion of Prescription Drugs to increase Awareness of America's drug abuse problem.  (PDF)

Information on The President's National Drug Control Strategy

Aware Rx - Prescription Drug Safety

RxPatrol - Prescription Pattern Analysis Tracking Robberies
               and Other Losses.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network - Practice Guidelines in Oncology

Information regarding services provided by Poison Control Centers

Corresponding Responsibility – A Shared Obligation

Peer Assistance Programs for Health Professionals

Dentists - Peer Assistance for Dentists

Nurses -  Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN)

Pharmacists - Professional Recovery Network (PRN)

Addiction in Pharmacy – the Untold Truth

Other helpful links

American Cancer Society

Campus Drug Prevention

CDC - Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Coalition Against Drug Abuse

Health and Human Services

Medicine Net

National Alcohol Screening Day

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Operation Prevention

Opioid Abuse

Partners Against Pain

Texas Pain Society

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