Prescription drug abuse: from epidemiology to public policy.

  title={Prescription drug abuse: from epidemiology to public policy.},
  author={R Kathryn McHugh and Suzanne Nielsen and Roger D. Weiss},
  journal={Journal of substance abuse treatment},
  volume={48 1},
Prescription drug abuse has reached an epidemic level in the United States. The prevalence of prescription drug abuse escalated rapidly beginning in the late 1990s, requiring a significant increase in research to better understand the nature and treatment of this problem. Since this time, a research literature has begun to develop and has provided important information about how prescription drug abuse is similar to, and different from the abuse of other substances. This introduction to a… CONTINUE READING

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