On October 7th, The Trust for America’s House released a report that outlines 10 steps that states can take to limit prescription drug abuse. Prescription drug abuse is a big problem in the State of Maine. Between 1990 and 2010, the number of prescription drug related overdose deaths increased from 2.2 deaths per 100,000 people to 10.4 deaths per 100,000 people.
Currently Maine has only enacted 5 of the 10 principles. They include the following:
The five suggested policies that Maine is being encouraged to adapt include:
By making these drugs available to third parties, they may be able to save the life of a drug abuse patient Prescription drug abuse is a problem all over the country and these laws seem to be a good way to limit drug abuse without making it harder for people who really need these drugs to get access to them. Organizations like the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation fully support all states adapting all ten of these policies. Maine lawmakers may want to begin adopting these suggestions one at a time to see how they affect the abuse rates as well as what issues they cause.
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