The Issue: <br>Prescription Drug AbuseThe Issue:
Prescription Drug Abuse

1 in 5 people in the United States abuse prescription medications, many of whom make-up our nation's workforce.

The Issue: <br>Prescription Drug Abuse
You can change the workplace environment to protect against the negative effects of prescription drug abuse. Enlist, ignite and grow a passion for safe medication practices through workplace collaboration between employers and employees.
Follow these links for informational materials and resources:

More About the Issue Specific Drug Info Data & Statistics Prescription Drug Safety
Parents & Caregivers Drug-Free Workplace Info Insurance & Workers' Compensation Implications Other Resources

More About The Issue:
  • Good Medicine, Bad Behavior: Drug Diversion in America Learn about the history, science and efforts to combat prescription drug abuse. This website summarizes information found in the Drug Enforcement Administration's Museum "Good Medicine, Bad Behavior: Drug Diversion" in America exhibit.
  • Prescription Drugs Access a variety of publications by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) ranging from "Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications" to "Nationwide Trends" for a general overview of the issue.
  • Addiction by Prescription This 2004 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) webcast looks at the misuse of prescription drugs and explores treatment strategies, including office-based and medication - assisted treatment.
  • How Illicit Drug Use Affects Business and the Economy (The Office of National Drug Control Policy) Learn about the costs and negative consequences substance abuse has on the U.S. economy and workforce.
  • Epidemic: Responding to America's Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis This 2011 Report from The Office of National Drug Control Policy outlines four areas that need to be addressed to reduce prescription drug abuse and how the office's plan of attack to address each of the four areas.

Specific Drug Information:
  • Medline Plus Produced by the National Library of Medicine, visitors can research the details of specific prescription drugs, including side effects, treatment uses and topics to talk about with doctors.
  • Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Chart This publication lists commonly abused prescription drugs and provides an overview of how abuse of these drugs can impact an individual.
Data & Statistics: Prescription Drug Safety: For Parents & Caregivers:
  • The Partnership at Aimed at parents and caregivers of children and teens, this site offers tools to talk about not only prescription drug abuse, but alcohol and other drugs too.
  • The Parent Toolkit Created and curated by The Partnership at, this site offers books, brochures & guides, movies & TV shows, and reports & research on topics ranging from teenage drinking and youth substance abuse to tips on talking to kids about drugs and alcohol.
  • Get Smart About Drugs (DEA) This site offers parents and caregivers information about drug-related risks in a home, signs of drug use and talking to children.
  • Lock Your Meds (National Family Partnership) With the motto "Be Aware. Don't Share" this is a national campaign designed to reduce prescription drug misuse by making family members aware that they can be unwitting suppliers of prescription medications.
  • Drug Misuse or Abuse-Related Emergency Department Visits Involving Nonmedical Use of Pharmaceuticals Vary by Gender among Older Adolescents (SAMSHA) This report examines the rate of emergency room visit by teens 12 - 17 years old due to prescription drug misuse.
  • Start Talking This initiative, launched by Ohio Governor John Kasich and First Lady Karen Kasich, provides resources to parents, schools and communities on how to talk to children about prescription drug abuse.
Drug-Free Workplace Information: Insurance & Workers' Compensation Implications: Other Resources:
  • AWARxE Drug Safety News Provides news on prescription drug abuse trends, Internet drug outlets, counterfeit drugs, and related prevention efforts, as well as medication safety information.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Aimed at reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on communities in the U.S. SAMHSA has created a number of brochures and publications visitors can order and share with co-workers, friends and family.
  • Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator You or someone you know need help with prescription drug abuse? Here is a way to find nearby resources to help you.
  • GenerationRx: The InterACT Theatre Project for Social Change While designed with college students in mind, the three videos, workbook and facilitators' notes can used to help people -- not just college students -- explore issues surrounding prescription drug abuse.
  • Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace (SAMSHA) Sign up to receive weekly updates about prescription drug abuse research, national, state and local news articles on the topic and other information.
  • Prescription for Prevention A comprehensive educational and awareness campaign launched by the Ohio Department of Health.
  • CompDrug An Ohio-based organization providing prevention, intervention and treatment programs for individuals with prescription drug and other substance abuse problems.
  • Youth to Youth An international program focusing on community-based drug prevention and youth leadership, for middle school and high school students