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October 29, 2012

SAMHSA Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace Listserv

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October 29, 2012 (PDF version)
This e-mail launches the SAMHSA Prescription Drug Abuse Listserv, a weekly compilation of recent research and news stories on prescription drug abuse.
SAMHSA (the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has recently established a Technical Assistance Center on the Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace (the PAW TA Center) to help workplaces and communities throughout America reduce prescription drug abuse. The PAW TA Center is funded by SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and operated by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.
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Below is our first weekly issue. We hope you will find our selections interesting and informative. We look forward to your feedback about how we can strengthen the listserv.


Clearer Prescription Drug Labels May Be on the Way
October 9, 2012
HealthDay Reporter, U.S. News & World Report

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has proposed changing medication labels to give consumers clear information about the drugs they take. Such changes would include prominently displaying the drug name, instructions, and dose and using simple language to describe the drug's purpose.
DEA Gets Rid of 2M Pounds of Prescription Drugs
October 4, 2012
"Drug Take-Back Day," a 2-year Drug Enforcement Administration initiative to fight prescription drug misuse, has successfully removed 2 million pounds of unused prescription medication from circulation and will safely dispose of those medicines.

Government Launches Online Program to Help Doctors Fight Prescription Drug Abuse
October 3, 2012
Boston.com (The Boston Globe)
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has created a Web-based training program to help doctors prescribe painkillers safely and effectively, and to reduce Rx drug abuse overall. The program includes two continuing medical education courses and videos of doctors and patients talking about opioids.
Study Finds Acupuncture Fights Pain
October 3, 2012
Arthritis Today
A meta-analysis of 29 studies on acupuncture for the alleviation of neck and back pain, chronic headaches, and osteoarthritis suggests the therapy could be a viable alternative to pain relievers.


Please e-mail Rekaya Gibson at rgibson@pire.org with questions or comments about the SAMHSA Prescription Drug Abuse Listserv.  
About PAW and the Listserv
The PAW TA Center addresses prescription drug abuse--a growing public health problem with increasing burdens on workers, workplaces, and our economy. Prescription drug abuse affects workplace productivity and increases employee absenteeism, employee presenteeism, and workers' compensation claims. On a wider scale, overdose deaths linked to prescription opioids tripled from 1999 to 2006, and prescription drug abuse killed more Americans in 2009 than died that year in auto crashes.
Send your request for PAW technical assistance to PAW-TA@pire.org or contact Rekaya Gibson at 504.261.8107 or Laurie Cluff at 919.541.6514. Requests are subject to SAMHSA approval. You will be notified of the status of your request.
We aim to conduct systematic and inclusive searches of professional journals, leading newspapers and magazines, and federal websites, as well as contributions from listserv subscribers (please e-mail suggestions to rgibson@pire.org). We will send links to articles along with brief descriptions of those articles. As we develop the listserv, however, we hope to add commentary and invite feedback from subscribers. Our goal is to expand the listserv to become a widely used and recognized source of the most current and authoritative information on prescription drug abuse--especially in workplaces.
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