Policy Paper

For a Healthier U.S.: Methods to Fight Prescription Abuse

Strategies to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

PhRMA May 5, 2016

Given the growing toll related to the abuse of prescription opioids and heroin, we must collectively redouble our efforts to prevent the misuse, abuse and diversion of prescription medicines. We need a balanced approach that ensures appropriate access and use of prescription medicines by patients for legitimate medical needs under the direction and care of a licensed health care professional, but that also reduces the potential for misuse, abuse and diversion. PhRMA strongly supports the following legislative reforms to combat prescription drug abuse.

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