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.
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
(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
General Information for Health Professionals
The Addiction Science Research and Education Center is a group of scientists whose mission is to communicate the latest findings in Addiction Science to the public.
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
Information regarding services provided by Poison Control Centers
Other helpful links
American Cancer Society
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