White House announced plans to reduce prescription drug abuse

White House Announces Plans to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

The White House announced on Tuesday a plan that aimed to fight prescription drug substance abuse. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration), from 2002 and 2009, the number of Americans 12 and older abusing prescription drugs increased by 20%.

The White House's approach is create a wide public health approach to increase awareness of abuse by providing educational materials for physicians and patients.

The official press release provided by The Office of National Drug Control Policy was released can be found here:

http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/news/press11/041911.html