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NCJ Number: 135981 Find in a Library
Title: Pharmaceutical Diversion and Abuse: Our Nation's Other Drug Problem
Journal: Chiefs of Police  Volume:2  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1992)  Pages:22-23
Author(s): T C Babicke
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 2
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The misuse and abuse of pharmaceutical drugs requires attention from law enforcement, because this problem will continue to exist even if illicit drugs are eliminated.
Abstract: Narcotics, barbiturates, and stimulants were all developed by pharmaceutical companies and individuals to help people cope with problems such as pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and obesity. These drugs provide law enforcement with unique problems, because they can be legal in one case and illegal in another. Methods of addressing prescription drug abuse and the diversion of these drugs into illicit traffic include improving communication between law enforcement agencies and developing awareness of the effects and legitimate uses of controlled substances. In addition, multiple copy prescription laws can have major effects, although pharmaceutical companies and the American Medical Association oppose such laws. Finally, none of these efforts can succeed without a major effort to educate the public about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. 6 reference notes
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Drug laws; Illegal dispensing of licit drugs; Law reform
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