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What is the government doing to stop prescription painkiller abuse?

Multiple agencies across the Federal government are working collaboratively to address prescription painkiller abuse. In April 2011, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released an action plan which guides Federal agency work on prescription drug abuse. Components of the plan include tracking prescription drug overdose trends to better understand the epidemic; working with stakeholder organizations to educate health care providers and the public about prescription drug abuse and overdose; and evaluating and promoting programs and policies shown to prevent prescription drug overdose, while making sure patients have access to safe, effective pain treatment.

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