Resolution on Prescription Drug Abuse

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WHEREAS, the misuse of prescription drugs intended to alleviate disease and eliminate pain often times leads to addiction and even death and such overdoses are a national epidemic more deadly than crack or heroin use;

WHEREAS, in 16 states prescription drug abuse is even more deadly than car crashes and in 2007 alone, approximately 2.5 million people ranging from age 12 and up used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes for the first time;

WHEREAS, states are leading the effort to reduce the abuse of prescription drugs through the formation of intrastate prescription drug monitoring programs, with 43 states having developed prescription drug monitoring programs and 33 states actively operating such programs; and

WHEREAS, the next step in the fight against prescription drug abuse is the development of an interstate system that permits the proper and secure sharing of prescription drug monitoring data across state lines in order to combat increased interstate prescription drug trafficking.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments (CSG) encourages states to adopt and support a robust and flexible intrastate prescription drug monitoring program to better track and prevent the illicit access to, distribution and use of prescription drugs;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments (CSG) encourages states to cooperate and share prescription drug monitoring data across state lines in order to curb the interstate trafficking of prescription drugs for illicit purposes while maintaining and respecting patient privacy and ensuring proper data security/access; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments(CSG) encourages states to explore all methods of interstate cooperation that facilitate the sharing of prescription drug monitoring data between states, including the recently completed Prescription Monitoring Program Compact.

Adopted this 6th Day of December, 2010 at CSG’s 2010 National Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.

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