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Legal Responses to the Epidemic of Prescription Drug Overdoses in the United States


CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and the Public Health Law Program convened a meeting in Atlanta on December 2-3, 2008 called “Promising Legal Responses to the Epidemic of Prescription Drug Overdoses in the United States.” The goal of the meeting was the identification of legal measures that could be taken at the state level to prevent the growing problem of prescription overdoses. Experts with personal experience were invited to describe different strategies, and the strengths and weaknesses of each approach were discussed. A secondary goal of the meeting was to identify opportunities for future collaboration on this issue between public health and legal professionals.

Participants at the one-and-a-half day meeting included representatives of state organizations such as the  State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Individuals from selected state health departments and state prescription drug monitoring programs also attended. Representatives of the legal profession included practicing attorneys and a representative of the National Association of Attorney Generals. The meeting was divided into three parts: An introduction to the problem, strategies related to prescription drug monitoring programs, and other strategies.

Click here for the proceedings of "Promising Legal Responses to the Epidemic of Prescription Drug Overdoses in the United States."

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