Combating Opioid Abuse

Although prescription opioid medications help many patients who need to manage chronic pain, too often these medications are diverted, misused, and abused. Teenagers, in particular, are vulnerable to prescription drug abuse, which has become a national epidemic. Corporations have a responsibility to address this issue, and Purdue has dedicated vast resources for helping to prevent drug abuse by partnering with

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Communities and families
  • Law enforcement and government

Purdue Provides Extensive Support for Combating Rx Drug Abuse

In 2011, Purdue created RxSafetyMatters.org to help curb diversion and abuse of medications while making sure they remain available for appropriate medical use. Purdue is committed to being part of the solution to prescription drug abuse—with an array of programs focused on education, prevention, and deterrence—and through partnerships with (1) healthcare professionals, (2) families and communities, and (3) law enforcement and government.

For healthcare professionals, RxSafetyMatters.org offers important information about the proper prescribing of opioid analgesics, as well as other resources to help you properly care for your patients with pain—while remaining vigilant against prescription drug abuse.

Within the healthcare professionals’ section, pharmacists will find tips on combating pharmacy theft and information on Purdue’s partnerships with Crime Stoppers and other community crime prevention programs.

For your patients, RxSafetyMatters.org offers a vast range of resources for families and communities, including tips for parents who feel concerned about a child’s potential drug abuse or misuse of prescription medications.

Safeguarding Rx Meds in a Patient’s Home

Safeguard My Meds is an educational program, offered by Purdue, to increase awareness about safe storage and disposal of prescription medicine in an effort to reduce misuse and abuse.

Nearly 70% of people age 12 and older who abuse Rx pain medications say they get them from a friend or relative.1 To help prevent teenagers from abusing prescription drugs, Purdue offers SafeguardMyMeds.org to motivate patients to take responsibility by (1) taking medicine as prescribed and (2) safely storing and disposing of medications at home.

Medicine Cabinet Public Service Campaign

Purdue has developed the Medicine Cabinet education campaign to inform adults about the importance of monitoring, safeguarding, and properly disposing of medications in the home. Watch the 30-sec Medicine Cabinet public service announcement.

Purdue Supports Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

For more than a decade, Purdue has supported Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PMPs) by providing funding to the National Association of State Controlled Substances Authority (NASCSA), and by working with state governments, regulatory agencies, and healthcare organizations. To date, PMPs have been established, or are in development, in 49 states to track prescriptions for controlled substances.

To establish PMP InterConnect, a system to help states share Rx data with one another to help deter doctor shopping across state lines, Purdue provided the seed grant to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

Although PMPs can be a valuable tool, they must also protect healthcare professionals from undue interference and protect patient privacy.

Pharmacy Security and Burglary Prevention

RxPATROL®—Rx Pattern Analysis Tracking Robberies & Other Losses—is a collaborative effort between Purdue and law enforcement to collect, collate, analyze, and disseminate pharmacy theft information.

Reference: 1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H‑48, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14‑4863. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014.