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Drug czar unveils plan to attack prescription drug abuse

Apr 20, 2011 8:59:00 AM - thestate.com
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The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled a plan to fight prescription drug abuse, warning that accidental fatal overdoses now exceed the combined deadly overdoses from the crack epidemic of the 1980s and black tar heroin in the 1970s.

The initiative to combat the nation's fastest-growing drug problem includes boosting awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse among patients and health care providers, cracking down on "pill mills" and "doctor shopping," and requiring drug manufacturers to develop education programs for doctors and patients.

"Too many Americans are still not aware of the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs and how dangerous they can be," said Gil Kerlikowske, the White House director of national drug-control policy.

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