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Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace

Prescription drug abuse is a growing public health problem, with increasing burdens on workers, workplaces, and our economy. Overdose deaths linked to prescription opioids tripled from 1999 to 2006, and in 2009, prescription drug abuse killed more Americans than vehicle crashes.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, has established a technical assistance center on the Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace (the PAW TA Center), which aims to help workplaces and communities reduce prescription drug abuse and related negative behavioral and physical health outcomes.

A leading resource of the PAW TA Center is the Weekly Update, a publication for workplaces, employees, health organizations, advocates, families, and communities. It features the most current and authoritative information to keep readers abreast of recent news and assist in forming policy, research, and programs to reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse.

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