The prescription drug epidemic in the United States: a perfect storm.

  title={The prescription drug epidemic in the United States: a perfect storm.},
  author={Jane Carlisle Maxwell},
  journal={Drug and alcohol review},
  volume={30 3},
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS Abuse of prescription analgesics in the USA is increasing. The epidemic has been driven by many factors, including marketing strategies, incorrect prescribing practices, a variety of legal and illegal drug sources, belated governmental responses and increases in the number of prescriptions written. DESIGN AND METHODS Data sources including surveys, emergency room visits, treatment admissions, overdose deaths, toxicology laboratory findings and journal articles were… CONTINUE READING
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