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Doctor Shopping Behavior and the Diversion of Opioid Analgesics: 2008-2012

A recently released report by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) on the scope and nature of “doctor shopping” in the United States demonstrates a geographically widespread reduction in the behavior. The report concludes that the...

Prescription Drug Misuse, Abuse and Addiction in the United States

On September 9, 2014, the Clinton Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a consensus statement that focused on prescription drug misuse, abuse and addiction. Focusing on three guiding principles, the statement...

The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: Volume 2 (August 2014)

This is the second annual report on the impact of Colorado legalizing marijuana. It is divided into 10 sections with each providing data on the impact of legalization prior to and during the creation of the marijuana industry in Colorado.

2014 National Drug Control Strategy

On July 9, 2014, National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli released the President’s national blueprint for drug policy, the 2014 National Drug Control Strategy. This document builds on drug policy reform achieved during the past...

Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse: Lessons Learned from an NGA Policy Academy

Prescription drug abuse is driving an epidemic of overdose deaths that increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010. This paper highlights lessons learned from the policy academy that can inform other states’ efforts to combat the problem.

Controlled Substances & Prescription Drugs
A controlled substance is generally a drug or chemical whose manufacture, possession, or use is regulated by a government and whose general availability is restricted. Controlled substances are subject to legislative control.
Criminal Justice
From Maine to California, and every village and hamlet in between, Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police, Governors, Attorneys General, frontline officers, and treatment providers have all said that the number one escalating issue is prescription drugs...the pills.
Alcohol use disorders are medical conditions that doctors can diagnose when a patient's drinking causes distress or harm. In the United States, about 18 million people have an alcohol use disorder, classified as either alcohol dependence—perhaps better known as alcoholism—or alcohol abuse.
Continuum of Addiction Treatment Services
Drug and alcohol abuse is often complex in nature and permeates every facet of an individual's life. The individual's personal health and functioning within the family unit suffers; obligations in the workplace and community suffer.