Inadequate treatment of pain and abuse of prescription pain medications are both serious public health problems that are increasingly at odds in our society. Corporations that make prescription pain medications have a responsibility to address both problems. For many years, Purdue Pharma has committed substantial resources to combat opioid abuse by partnering with healthcare professionals, patients, caregivers, communities, law enforcement, and government agencies.
For the health of patients who suffer from pain, it’s important to remember that prescription opioids can play an important role in helping to relieve pain. Too often, however, these medications are diverted, misused, and abused.
Purdue is dedicated to being part of the solution to reduce the abuse of prescription opioid medications. Purdue has supported many initiatives to combat opioid abuse, such as educational programs for healthcare professionals and law enforcement, and prescription monitoring programs (PMPs). In addition, Purdue has led the development of opioids with abuse-deterrent properties.