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April 30, 2015

PAW Weekly Update

SAMHSA Prescription Drug Abuse Weekly Update
Issue 120  |  April 30, 2015
The Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace (PAW) TA Center addresses prescription drug abuse—a growing public health problem with increasing burdens on workers, workplaces, and our economy. To subscribe colleagues, family members, or friends to this listserv sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), please click here or send their email addresses to paw@dsgonline.com.
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Responding to the Prescription Misuse Epidemic: Promising Prevention Programs and Useful Resources
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
May 20, 2015, 2 p.m. EDT

This National Prevention Week Webinar will describe the relationship between prescription opiates and heroin, discuss alternatives to opiates for acute and chronic pain, explain how to determine when an individual might have an opiate problem, review the issues of prescription drugs in the workplace and community, mention medical marijuana, and describe the youth "study drug" epidemic. The Webinar will close with a review of promising prevention efforts focused on community-based prescription misuse and SAMHSA fact sheets and tools available to support those efforts.

The presenters are Deborah Galvin, Ph.D., SAMHSA; Georgia Karuntzos, Ph.D., RTI International; Sandra Lapham, M.D., PIRE; Ted Miller, Ph.D., PIRE; and Christopher Ringwalt, Ph.D., University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center.

To Register:
Send your name, phone number, email address, and organization to Raymond Mullings at RMullings@Econometricainc.com.


Workers Seeking Productivity in a Pill Are Abusing A.D.H.D. Drugs
Alan Schwarz, The New York Times
April 18, 2015

Although there is no reliable data quantifying how many American workers misuse stimulants, experts agree use is surging among workers ages 25–45, especially those who used the drugs in college. Reporter Alan Schwarz interviewed dozens of people in a wide spectrum of professions who admitted misusing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drugs at work. Although stimulants may not improve a person's ability to learn or understand, users say the drugs increase endurance, allowing them to work more hours. Researchers find stimulants can also improve attention and motivation—particularly for tedious tasks—which can increase productivity, or at least the appearance of being productive. Two Houston lawyers said dozens of attorneys at their firm casually traded pills to work late hours and billed hundreds of extra hours annually in the race to become partners. One moved up to 100 mg of Adderall per day—double the maximum approved FDA dose. Then came the consequences: rapid heartbeat, profuse sweating, and acute anxiety due to sleep loss. Most workers got the drugs from physicians by feigning symptoms—sometimes supplementing their supply with drugs from friends or dealers.

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Injury Prevention and Control: Prescription Drug Overdose
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
April 3, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Prescription Drug Overdose website is now live. This site helps spotlight the prescription abuse epidemic, and provides the public, healthcare providers, and states with data and promising strategies to reverse it.

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Journal Articles and Reports

M.M. Ali, D. Dean, R. Lipari, W.N. Dowd, A.P. Aldridge, and S.P. Novak. 2015. "The Mental Health Consequences of Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use Among Adolescents." The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 18(1):3–15.

Using propensity score–matched data from the 2008–12 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, this study estimated that adolescents who use prescription drugs nonmedically are one third more likely to experience major depressive episodes than their non-misusing counterparts.

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S. Bruehl, J.W. Burns, S.D. Passik, R. Gupta, A. Buvanendran, M. Chont, E. Schuster, D. Orlowska, and C.R. France. 2015. "The Contribution of Differential Opioid Responsiveness to Identification of Opioid Risk in Chronic Pain Patients." Journal of Pain, doi:10.1016/j.jpain.2015.04.001.

In a laboratory setting, 55 chronic low back pain sufferers completed a common opioid risk screening instrument, the Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain–Revised (SOAPP–R), at baseline and after receiving intravenous morphine (0.08 mg/kg) or saline placebo. Elevated opioid misuse risk was associated with experiencing greater positive and less negative subjective effects following morphine administration and greater morphine analgesic effects on low back pain. SOAPP–R content assessing medication-specific attitudes and behavior was somewhat more predictive of sensory low back pain intensity following morphine administration than negative affect-related content. Individuals exceeding the clinical cutoff on SOAPP–R exhibited significantly greater morphine liking, desire to take morphine again, and feeling sedated, and had fewer negative effects (less feeling unpleasant and greater reductions in sensory low back pain following morphine). Thus, the SOAPP–R may predict elevated opioid risk in part by tapping into individual differences in opioid reinforcing effects.

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M. Faul, M.W. Dailey, D.E. Sugerman, S.M. Sasser, B. Levy, and L.J. Paulozzi. 2015. "Disparity in Naloxone Administration by Emergency Medical Service Providers and the Burden of Drug Overdose in US Rural Communities." American Journal of Public Health, doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302520.

In 2012, 42 states contributed some or all of their ambulance data to the National Emergency Medical Services Information System. Odds that the emergency medical technician (EMT) had administered naloxone were 5.4 times higher among EMT–intermediates than among EMT–basics. Odds of naloxone administration were higher among EMTs in suburban areas than in urban areas (odds ratio [OR] = 1.41), followed by rural areas (OR = 1.23). Although odds of naloxone administration were 23 percent higher in rural areas than in urban areas, the opioid drug overdose rate was 45 percent higher in rural communities.

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R. de Souza. 2015. "'I've Thought About This, Trust Me': Understanding the Values and Assumptions Underlying Prescription Stimulant Misuse Among College Students." International Journal of Communication 9:19.

In-depth interviews with 37 students ages 18 to 21 at an Upper Midwest public university during 2010–12 revealed that students use and manipulate prescription stimulants to increase productivity, lack knowledge about prescription stimulants and their risks, learn about dosage through experimentation, fear building up resistance, and think weaker individuals might get addicted, but that they won't.

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M.R. Larochelle, F. Zhang, D. Ross–Degnan, and J.F. Wharam. 2015. "Rates of Opioid Dispensing and Overdose After Introduction of Abuse-Deterrent Extended-Release Oxycodone and Withdrawal of Propoxyphene." JAMA Internal Medicine, doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.0914.

Abuse-deterrent OxyContin (resistant to crushing or dissolving) debuted on August 9, 2010, while propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet) sales ended on November 19, 2010, because of serious cardiotoxicity. Analysis of 2003–12 claims of 31.3 million people aged 18 to 64 who were covered by a U.S. health insurer showed total opioid dispensing decreased by 19 percent (−32.2 mg morphine-equivalent doses per member per quarter) 2 years after changes in the opioid market. In the last quarter of 2012, the change in mg dispensed per member was −11.3 for extended-release oxycodone, 3.26 for other long-acting opioids, −8.2 for propoxyphene, and −16.2 for other immediate-release opioids. The estimated overdose rate attributed to prescription opioids decreased by 20 percent (absolute change, −1.10 per 100,000 members per quarter), but heroin overdose increased by 23 percent (absolute change, 0.26 per 100.000 members per quarter).

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A. LeClair, B.C. Kelly, M. Pawson, B.E. Wells, and J.T. Parsons. 2015. "Motivations for Prescription Drug Misuse Among Young Adults: Considering Social and Developmental Contexts." Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, doi:10.3109/09687637.2015.1030355.

Continuing their analysis of 70 qualitative interviews with young adults recruited at nightlife venues in New York City, researchers identified experimentation and a "work hard, play hard" ethos as key motivations for prescription drug misuse. They argue these motivations are specific, though not necessarily unique, to participants' social location as young adults.

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B. Levy, L. Paulozzi, K.A. Mack, and C.M. Jones. 2015. "Trends in Opioid Analgesic–Prescribing Rates by Specialty, U.S., 2007–2012." American Journal of Preventive Medicine, doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2015.02.020.

IMS Health's National Prescription Audit data show in 2012, U.S. pharmacies and long-term care facilities dispensed 4.2 billion prescriptions—289 million (6.8 percent) of which were opioids. Primary care specialties accounted for nearly half of all dispensed opioid prescriptions. The rate of opioid prescribing was highest for specialists in pain medicine (48.6 percent); surgery (36.5 percent); and physical medicine/rehabilitation (35.5 percent). Opioid prescribing rates rose during 2007–10, but leveled thereafter, as most specialties reduced opioid use. The greatest increase in opioid-prescribing rates during 2007–12 occurred among physical medicine/rehabilitation specialists (12.0 percent); the largest drops were seen in emergency medicine (–8.9 percent) and dentistry (–5.7 percent).

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R.N. Lipari and A. Hughes. The NSDUH Report: Trends in Heroin Use in the United States: 2002 to 2013. 2015. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality: Rockville, Md.

Analysis of National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data showed at least 681,000 people used heroin in 2013, including 169,000 past-year heroin initiates—similar to the number of initiates in most years since 2002. However, NSDUH underestimates heroin use because it does not survey homeless or inpatient treatment populations. In 2013, 526,000 people in the NSDUH population received treatment for heroin use. Some were on methadone or buprenorphine maintenance and were not past-year heroin users. The percentage of adolescents aged 12 to 17 perceiving great risk from heroin use once or twice a week was lower in 2013 than from 2002 to 2009. The percentage of adolescents reporting it would be easy for them to get heroin was lower in 2013 than percentages in 2002 to 2011.

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Professional Education

W.M. Compton, M. Boyle, and E. Wargo. 2015. "Prescription Opioid Abuse: Problems and Responses." Preventive Medicine, doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.04.003.

This commentary considers the factors that have led to opioid overprescribing by clinicians, discusses recent evidence casting doubt on opioids' efficacy in chronic pain treatment, and describes ongoing efforts by federal and community stakeholders to address the epidemic.

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A.M. Daum, O. Berkowitz, and J.A. Renner. 2015. "The Evolution of Chronic Opioid Therapy and Recognizing Addiction." Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, doi:10.1097/01.JAA.0000464268.60257.ad.

Opioids have become a frequently prescribed treatment for patients with chronic nonmalignant pain. Concurrently, opioid use disorders have risen to epidemic levels. Aberrant drug-related behaviors may be warning signs of impending addiction. Proper screening and close monitoring are essential to manage patients on opioids for chronic nonmalignant pain.

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H.K. Kim and L.S. Nelson. 2015. "Reducing the Harm of Opioid Overdose with the Safe Use of Naloxone: A Pharmacologic Review." Drug Safety Evaluation, doi:10.1517/14740338.2015.1037274.

This article reviews naloxone's pharmacologic properties, the science behind the drug, and its clinical application in acute management of opioid intoxication and mitigating the risk of precipitated opioid withdrawal syndrome. The paper also discusses legal and social barriers to take-home naloxone programs.

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R.S. Mansbach and K.A. Schoedel. 2015. "Incorporation of Abuse Potential Assessment into the Development of New Prescription Drugs." Pharmaceutical Medicine, doi:10.1007/s40290-015-0095-5.

Drugs under development that affect the central nervous system may come with a risk of nonmedical use and abuse. For these medicines, a scientifically based abuse potential assessment is conducted to inform sponsors and regulators of the potential to produce abuse-related subjective effects, to serve as a reinforcer (reward), or to produce physical dependence. Evidence contributing to abuse potential assessments includes chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, animal models, and data from clinical trials. A finding of abuse potential results in special warnings and restrictions in labeling, status as a controlled substance, and in some cases, implementation of risk mitigation programs intended to measure "real-world" abuse and minimize its occurrence. (Editor's note: Some experts believe requiring tamper resistance would be a safer approach than requiring monitoring.)

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A.Y. Walley. 2015. "HIV Prevention and Treatment Strategies Can Help Address the Overdose Crisis." Preventive Medicine, doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.04.004.

This commentary suggests how prevention and treatment successes among people who use drugs in the HIV/AIDS epidemic might be applied to address the opioid overdose crisis.

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Outbreak of Recent HIV and HCV Infections Among Persons Who Inject Drugs
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Alert Network
April 24, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory regarding its investigation into a large outbreak of HIV infections among drug injectors. About 85 percent of these individuals are also infected with hepatitis C. So far, the Indiana State Department of Health and CDC have identified 135 newly diagnosed cases in a community of 4,200 people. Among 112 people interviewed, 108 (96 percent) dissolved and injected tablets of prescription oxymorphone (Opana® ER) using shared drug preparation and injection equipment.

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Reps. Marino, Blackburn Hail Passage of Prescription Drug Enforcement Legislation
United States Congressman Tom Marino
April 21, 2015

The House of Representatives has passed H.R. 471, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015. The bill increases collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), prescription drug distributors, and pharmacies. It directs intergovernmental agency partnership and integration between the DEA, Department of Health and Human Services, and Office of National Drug Control Policy on drug abuse enforcement and preserving patient accessibility.

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Medical Marijuana: More Patients, More Products, Low Profile
Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant
April 19, 2015

Connecticut's medical marijuana program has registered about 3,600 people after only 6 months of operation. Manufacturers are shipping various products to dispensaries, such as oils for vaporizers, tinctures, strips that dissolve under the tongue, and edible cookies and cupcakes. Dime-size buds can now be sold, whereas initially they had to be crushed to ensure consistency. The state may add more conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana, including sickle cell disease, severe psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and recurring back pain after surgery. Lawmakers are considering legislation for patients under 18. The program still remains low profile. Some towns like Harwinton do not allow outlets. Only about 200 of the state's 10,000 practicing physicians have registered to dispense the drug. In the next 2 months, the Department of Consumer Protection will launch online public service announcements targeting doctors. Prices for medical marijuana have started decreasing. Connecticut also recently eliminated its sales tax on medical marijuana. (Includes videos: 1:22 and 1:30 minutes)

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Most Americans Say Medical Marijuana Shouldn't Be Used by Kids or in Front of Kids—Legal or Not
University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
April 20, 2015

In a University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital national poll, 80 percent of respondents said adults should not be allowed to use medical marijuana in front of children. Nearly two thirds thought their state should allow medical marijuana for adults, while a third would allow it for kids. Ten percent of respondents had a medical marijuana card or knew someone with a card. Seven percent used marijuana when children were present or knew someone who did. (Includes video: 1:55 minutes)

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Alabama Senate Committee Gives OK to Medical Marijuana Bill
Erin Edgemon, Alabama Media Group
April 22, 2015

An Alabama Senate committee approved the Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act, which would allow patients who suffer from any of 25 conditions to purchase a maximum of 10 ounces of medical marijuana per month from a dispensary. The bill would also allow certain patients to grow up to 16 marijuana plants. Physicians would be required to perform a full examination on a patient before issuing a prescription card for medical marijuana. Cards would cost $100 and be recognized from other states, and the 2.5 percent marijuana tax would go to sheriff or police departments to combat drug trafficking. The bill can now be considered on the Senate floor.

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Do You Care If a Marijuana Dispensary Is Set Up Near Your Kids' School?
Martin Macmahon, News1130
April 23, 2015

Vancouver plans to ban marijuana dispensaries from setting up within 300 meters of a school. Parents were split on the proper distance but agreed some level of regulation would be a good thing for the city's dispensaries.

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Northeast/Mid-Atlantic News

Maine Program Distributes Drug Arrest Records to Doctors and Pharmacists
Celia Vimont, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
April 22, 2015

Diversion Alert provides a monthly list of people arrested or summoned for prescription or illegal drug–related crimes to doctors and pharmacists. The program helps identify patients at risk of overdosing, in need of addiction treatment, or engaged in illegal prescription drug distribution. Diversion Alert also provides tip sheets to help doctors respond to these patients. Subscribers gain access to an online drug charge database, which contains an 11-month record of substance abuse–related arrests in Maine, along with booking photos when available.

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Manchester Police Report Spike in Heroin Deaths
Andy Hershberger, WMUR
April 20, 2015

Heroin overdoses are surging in Manchester, N.H. Police officers have responded to 163 suspected overdose calls in 2015—24 of which resulted in death.

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Driving While Medicated: Pa. Officers Undergo Training to Spot a Growing Problem
Janice Crompton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 24, 2015

Pennsylvania State Police and municipal departments have trained 129 officers to become certified Drug Recognition Experts. More officers will be trained to recognize the signs of impairment from prescription or illegal drugs to keep pace with a growing number of drugged drivers. Statewide, 2,773 drug-related vehicle crashes occurred in 2009, with 108 fatalities. By 2013, those numbers increased to 3,284 drug-related vehicle crashes and 147 fatalities. Last year, police made more than 17,000 drugged-driving arrests across the state. In Southwestern Pennsylvania, all but two counties saw increases in drug-related vehicle crashes and related fatalities from 2009 to 2013.

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Perkasie Police to Use Narcan to Combat Overdoses
Mark Reccek, WFMZ
April 20, 2015

Perkasie, Pa., police officers will start carrying naloxone after completing training.

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South News

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners Want Right to Write Scripts for Controlled Meds
Linda Hurtado, WFTS-TV
April 21, 2015

Senate Bill 614 would give physician assistants and nurse practitioners authority to prescribe controlled substances. Florida is the only state that prohibits this type of prescribing.
(Includes video: 2:59 minutes)

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Local Drug Deaths Among Highest in State
Andy Winemiller, The Mount Airy News
April 20, 2015

Surry County, N.C., has among the highest numbers of drug overdoses in the state.

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Prescription Painkiller Overdoses Reach New Heights
Sharon McBrayer, The News Herald
April 21, 2015

In 2010, Burke County, N.C., Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to 172 overdose calls. Four years later, that number had increased to 210. The number of psychiatric emergency responses by county EMS increased from 249 in 2010 to 447 in 2014. Some of those calls were likely drug intoxications.

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Midwest News

Incinerator to Help in Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse
Josh Cross, The Tennessean
April 22, 2015

With grant funding from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition purchased a portable incinerator to dispose of prescription medication collected at take-back boxes.

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West News

New Washington Law Empowers Tribes to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse
Galanda Broadman
April 22, 2015

Governor Inslee signed House Bill 1637, giving tribal law enforcement and prosecutors authority to access Washington's prescription drug monitoring program.

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Antidote for Opioid Overdoses Now Available Without a Prescription
Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times
April 17, 2015

By request, California pharmacists can now dispense naloxone to patients on powerful pain relievers and heroin addicts without requiring a prescription. Pharmacists who believe a customer might be at risk may also suggest naloxone. Anyone who administers the antidote must immediately call 911 for medical assistance.

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Pharmacists Gain Ground on Provider Status in North Dakota
Meghan Ross, Pharmacy Times
April 23, 2015

North Dakota's governor signed four laws recognizing pharmacists as providers. Bill S. 2173 allows pharmacists to enter into collaborative practice agreements with physicians. It also permits pharmacists to initiate and modify drug therapy. Bill S. 2320 creates a medication therapy management (MTM) program for Medicaid-eligible patients in the medical and hospital benefits coverage group, and names pharmacists as providers who may provide MTM services in person or over the phone and are entitled to reimbursement. Bill S. 2104 deems pharmacists are healthcare professionals and grants them limited prescriptive authority to distribute naloxone rescue kits to treat opioid overdose.

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Colorado Dentists Register with State Prescription Program
American Dental Association
April 20, 2015

Ninety-four percent of dentists who hold a Drug Enforcement Administration license have registered with the state's prescription drug monitoring program.

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Upcoming Webinars

Crafting and Implementing Effective Rx Drug Abuse Prevention Strategies
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
May 5, 2015, 3–4:15 p.m.

CADCA trainers will walk participants through the process of developing a logic model and theory of change to identify root causes of local prescription drug abuse problems and to think strategically about solutions. They will share best practices from a West Virginia coalition that implemented a comprehensive approach to reduce youth prescription drug abuse. Finally, participants will learn how their coalitions can use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Prevention Week to address prescription drug abuse. Participants will emerge with a good understanding of how to design prescription drug abuse interventions and free tools to help guide their efforts.

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Implementing Project Lazarus in North Carolina: Lessons Learned from the Hub Components of the Project Lazarus Model
Children's Safety Network
May 11, 2015, 2–3:30 p.m. (EDT)

This Webinar will illustrate key issues and challenges related to implementation of Project Lazarus as a model prescription drug overdose prevention program. It will highlight lessons learned in both the hub activities (components that reflect a community-based, bottom-up public health approach) and spoke activities (components that reflect a medical and law enforcement–based, top-down public health approach).


Nevada's Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP): Clinical Utility of Patient and Prescriber Reports
University of Nevada School of Medicine
May 13, 2015
12–1:00 p.m.


Grant Announcements

Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention for States
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Deadline: May 8, 2015

Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program FY 2015
United States Department of Justice
Deadline: May 28, 2015

Take-Back Events and Drop Boxes

Over 720 Pounds of Prescription Drugs Collected Since Launch of Drop Box Program
Rachel Kytonen, Isanti County News (Minnesota)
April 22, 2015

Over 350 Pounds of Prescription Drugs Collected During CBS 13 Sponsored Take-Back Program
WGME (Maine)
April 22, 2015

Gaithersburg Police Department Participates in Prescription Drug Take Back Day May 2
Gaithersburg Police Department (Maryland)
April 17, 2015

Groups Plan Drug Take-Back on May 2 in Springfield
KY3 (Missouri)
April 21, 2015

Sarnia Police Collected 37 Pounds of Medications over Two Years
The Observer (Ontario, Canada)
April 21, 2015

Police Collect Hundreds of Pounds of Prescription Drugs
Carl Winder, KRDO (Colorado)
April 18, 2015

Prescription Medicine Safe Disposal Box Set Up at Conyers Police
The News (Georgia)
April 21, 2015

Madison County Develops Innovative Program to Dispose of Prescription Drugs
River Bend News (Illinois)
April 22, 2015

Medication Drop Box Installed at Pequot Lakes City Hall
Pineandlakes Echo Journal (Minnesota)
April 23, 2015

Maywood Police Adding Medication Disposal Box
Jerry DeMarco, Cliffview Post (New Jersey)
April 20, 2015

Harvey Cedars Gets Prescription Drop Box for Unwanted Meds
Ashley Peskoe, NJ Advance (New Jersey)
April 19, 2015

Prescription Drug Disposal in Port Washington
Paige Mcatee, Port Washington Patch (New York)
April 18, 2015

Poland Residents Now Have a Safer Way to Dispose of Medication
Jordyn Grzelewski, The Vindicator (Ohio)
April 20, 2015

Lorain County Task Force Collects a Ton of Drugs in Six Months
Anna Merriman, The Chronicle-Telegram (Ohio)
April 19, 2015

Robstown to Install Rx Dropbox
Jacob Flores, Nueces County Record Star (Texas)
April 21, 2015

South Boston Police Department to Begin Prescription Drug Take Back Program
WDBJ7 (Virginia)
April 17, 2015

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Training: Engaging Youth in Rx Drug Abuse Prevention
Health Resources in Action and Blake Works
May 7–8, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts


Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences
Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Diversion Control
May 30–31, 2015: Norfolk, Virginia
June 27–28, 2015: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

International Conference on Opioids
Harvard Medical School
June 7–9, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts


Fourth Annual Generation Rx University Conference for Collegiate Prevention and Recovery
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
August 4–6, 2015
Columbus, Ohio

University of Michigan Injury Center Prescription Drug Overdose Summit
University of Michigan Injury Center
November 9, 2015
Ann Arbor, Michigan


The Weekly Update is a service provided by the SAMHSA Preventing Prescription Abuse in the Workplace Technical Assistance Center (PAW) to keep the field abreast of recent news and journal articles to assist in forming policy, research, and programs to reduce prescription drug misuse or abuse. Please note, the materials listed are not reflective of SAMHSA's or PAW's viewpoint or opinion and are not assessed for validity, reliability or quality. The Weekly Update should not be considered an endorsement of the findings. Readers are cautioned not to act on the results of single studies, but rather to seek bodies of evidence. Copyright considerations prevent PAW from providing full text of journal articles listed in the Weekly Update.