Pharmacies on the Front Line

The Challenge of Controlled Substance Abuse and Regulation

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that abuse of prescription pain relievers has increased more than 400 percent between 1998 and 2008. This epidemic of legal, controlled substance abuse creates challenges for pharmacists whom are the final checkpoint before dispensing prescriptions.

This white paper examines what pharmacies need to know about controlled substance abuse:

  • Legal responsibilities
  • Information on the most effective tools for combating the issue
  • Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs)

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