DEA —Rx Drug Abuse is Fastest Growing Drug Threat

Prescription drug abuse continues to be the nation’s fastest growing drug problem, and abuse of controlled substance prescription drugs poses a significant threat to the United States, stresses the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the National Drug Threat Assessment Summary 2013. The agency notes that nearly 30% of law enforcement agencies responding to the 2013 National Drug Threat Survey reported that controlled substance prescription medications were the greatest drug abuse threat, up from 9.8% in 2009. In addition, the report provides an overview of steps being taken at the national level in order to reduce prescription drug diversion and abuse, including: implementation of the DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days and new policies implemented at top search engines, including Google, Bing, and Yahoo!, to only accept paid advertising from Internet pharmacies in the US that are accredited by the NABP Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice SitesCM (VIPPS®) program See Related: NCPIE Prescription (Rx) Abuse Prevention Programs