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Decline in Prescription Drug Misuse More than Twice as High in States with Broad Drug Abuse Prevention Programs, New Quest Diagnostics Health Trends Study Finds
Date:7/16/2014

n>New York and Tennessee. According to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, between August 2011 and July 2013 there was a 10% decrease in opioid doses dispensed following implementation of the state's comprehensive drug abuse legislation (HB 1) that integrated efforts of providers, public health officials and law enforcement.

"Prescription drug misuse remains at alarming levels, with more than one in two patients putting their health at risk through inappropriate and potentially dangerous misuse of drug therapies," said F. Leland McClure, Ph.D., a study investigator and director, pain management, mass spectrometry operations, Quest Diagnostics. "But the multi-year analysis yielded some positive findings, including significant decreases in certain states with comprehensive prescription drug abuse programs. These findings indicate that, armed with the right strategies and tools, policymakers and health professionals are making headway against the prescription drug epidemic."

"Healthcare practitioners need to know that their patients are not following their instructions," said Michael R. Clark, M.D., MPH, MBA, associate professor and director, Chronic Pain Treatment Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The Johns Hopkins Hospital. "While inconsistency rates have decreased over time, patients are still substituting, supplementing, and diverting their prescribed controlled substances. In fact, over recent years, patients are supplementing their prescribed medications with increasing amounts of non-prescribed substances."

The majority of patients tested misused their medications

The Quest Diagnostics study is based on an analysis of 1,409,037 de-identified urine lab-test results of patients, of both genders and all ages in 46 states and the District of Columbia performed by the com
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