Prevention Status Report 2013: Prescription Drug Overdose, Rhode Island
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014
Deaths from prescription drug overdoses, particularly overdoses of prescription painkillers, have skyrocketed over the past decade. CDC and other agencies are working to identify and evaluate interventions to reduce overdose deaths. The Prevention Status Reports (PSRs) focus on policies and practices supported by emerging evidence, expert consensus, and/or extensive review of the primary drivers of the epidemic. This PSR highlights the status of two key practices that states can use to reduce prescription drug overdose: implementing state pain clinic laws and implementing prescription drug monitoring programs that follow selected best practices in Rhode Island.
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