Working Together to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse
February 20th, 2018

Governor Baker Keynotes Prescription Abuse Summit

Portman urges comprehensive approach for curbing drug abuse

By Jack Torry The Columbus Dispatch WASHINGTON — Saying “we kind of know what doesn’t work,” Sen. Rob Portman is urging a more-comprehensive approach to curbing the rise in the country of addiction to prescription drugs or illegal drugs. Read more

In D.C., Baker speaks about opioid addiction crisis

By Joshua Miller The Boston Globe WASHINGTON — Governor Charlie Baker is underscoring the severity and the wide sweep of the opioid addiction crisis in Massachusetts. In a Monday speech at a prescription drug abuse forum in Washington, he cited statistics about rising yearly number of opioid-related overdose deaths, including from heroin, in the state — up to about 1,000 in 2013. Read...

Portman Continues Fight to Combat Drug Addiction and Support Recovering Addicts

Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) delivered remarks yesterday on the economic impact of the prescription drug abuse epidemic in Ohio and around the country.  The event was hosted by the Alliance to Prevent the Abuse of Medicines, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Roll Call. Portman was joined by Governor Charlie Baker (R-MA), Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Read...

Working Together: The Only Approach to Prescription Abuse

By Danielle Hagen Roll Call | Commentary Prescription drug abuse is a pervasive public health problem that transcends age and ZIP code. No one sets out to be an addict and every person has a unique story — a grandmother with chronic pain who slowly and unwittingly becomes dependent on her medication, the teenager who steals from a parent’s medicine cabinet and misuses or even sells their medicines, or the war veteran who simply seeks to overcome incomprehensible pain that never stops....
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