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The United States is in the grip of an epidemic of prescription drug overdoses. Over 27,000 people died from overdoses in 2007, a number that has risen five-fold since 1990 and has never been higher. Prescription drugs are now involved in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.

This disturbing mortality trend parallels a ten-fold increase in the medical use of opioid painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone. The increased availability of such powerful drugs has led to widespread abuse – according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 5 million Americans misused opioid painkillers in the past month. In addition to the threat of overdose, these people face an elevated risk of injury, crime-related violence, and suicide.

For health professionals, policymakers and legislators, addressing this problem is complicated—while they push for education, prevention, and enforcement to reverse this epidemic, they must also ensure that patients with a legitimate need for these medications still have access to them. This important session of Public Health Grand Rounds addressed these challenges and explored the innovative state and federal policies and interventions that are showing promise in reducing injury and death from this epidemic.

Presented By

Grant Baldwin, PhD, MPH
Director, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
Len Paulozzi, MD, MPH
Medical Epidemiologist, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
Gary Franklin, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Research Professor
Occupational and Environmental Health, Neurology, and Health Services

University of Washington
R. Gil Kerlikowske, MA
Director
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Pamela S. Hyde, JD
Administrator
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Facilitated By

Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD
Scientific Director

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