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I recently had the chance to participate in the Arizona state visit arranged by the CSG West office and deliver a presentation on interstate compacts to members of the Arizona legislature and the state’s Legislative Counsel.  Arizona, which is a member of nearly 30 separate interstate compacts, considered eight separate pieces of compact legislation during the 2011 session, making last week’s presentation especially timely. 

Telling numbers illustrate the need for action with regard to prescription drug abuse.

  • The rate of prescription drug abuse in Kentucky has doubled among men and tripled among women in the past 10 years. 
  • Florida estimates suggest as many as seven people overdose daily on prescription drugs.
  • Deaths from prescription drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in 17 states.
  • Nearly one-third of all people age 12 and older who abuse drugs for the first time abuse prescription drugs.

A compact in the works could unlock the power of online education by connecting more students to the degrees they need, even when that instruction is delivered across state lines. Currently, institutions with limited budgets face a patchwork of regulatory hurdles when it comes to offering their curricula in other states, which is preventing many students from acquiring the skills they need because institutions are avoiding the approval processes in the states.

Staff from CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts (NCIC) hosted a webinar highlighting the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse.  During the March 7 session participants heard from two subject matter experts about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, state sponsored prescription monitoring programs, and CSG’s efforts to develop a prescription monitoring compact that would allow states to securely share prescription drug data across state lines.  

CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts will host an upcoming webinar highlighting CSG's work to limit prescription drug abuse .  The webinar, which is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 at 1:30 PM Eastern Time will focus on CSG's efforts to develop a prescription drug monitoring compact.  During the hour long session attendees will hear from the following subject matter experts:

The Lumina Foundation hosted the Multistate Reciprocity Compact's Drafting Team and Advisory Council on Feb. 22-24 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Advisory Council provided feedback on an early version of the draft in a hearing format.  The Advisory Council met on the 22nd and the Drafting Team considered the comments made in the hearing on the 23rd and 24th. 

Siting electric transmission lines across state borders has long been a challenge for the states, the federal government and utility transmission companies. Too often, the diverse interests of various stakeholders, combined with the absence of a mechanism capable of bringing different entities together, makes siting interstate electric transmission lines a difficult proposition.  The compact option model provides a compromise that allows state policymakers and federal officials to work collaboratively to site lines in a timeframe that would be beneficial to all parties. If implemented, a compact can provide states a durable tool that allows collaboration across state lines and partnerships with federal agencies to ensure stakeholders’ interests are met. 

Prescription drug abuse continues to be recognized as the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.  The latest “Monitoring the Future” study from the University of Michigan indicated that prescription drugs are second only to marijuana in their frequency of abuse. In Kentucky, the rate of overdoses from prescription drugs doubled among men and tripled among women between 2000 and 2009. In Florida, estimates suggest as many as seven people are dying daily from accidental overdoses. Deaths from prescription drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in 17 states.

Prescription drug abuse continues to be recognized as the nation’s fastest-growing drug  problem. Data from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated that nearly one-third of people age 12 and older who used drugs for the first time started by using prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes.

Only one more state must approve a multi-state agreement that would ensure states are in compliance with an important section of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act for it to move forward.

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