Interactive: Prescription Drug Abuse

Find state-by-state prescription drug overdose death rates and learn how your state scores on the 10 key steps to curb abuse.

    • October 7, 2013

Strategies for Stopping Prescription Drug Abuse

Overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers have quadrupled in just the last decade, bringing this public health issue to epidemic proportions.

Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic by the Trust for America’s Health scores each state’s use of policy strategies to help curb prescription drug abuse and highlights key programs making an impact in communities.

More than 6 million Americans abuse or misuse prescription drugs, and 1 in 10 don't get treatment. This report shares steps for action in the fields of public health, health care, and law enforcement; encourages greater transparency and accountability; and outlines promising recommendations for states to address this critical public health concern.

Read the report