Report: States Failing To Curb Prescription Abuse

Despite these shocking statistics, a new report from Trust for America’s Health finds many states are lacking effective strategies to curb prescription drug abuse. The report, titled ” Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic ,” shows more than half the states scored a six or less on the advocacy organization’s scale, which assesses the ways states are trying to combat prescription drug abuse. Only two states, New Mexico and Vermont, scored 10 out of 10. “In the past two decades we’ve seen many advances in the development of new prescription drugs, which have been a miracle for many,” said Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health. “But we’ve also seen a corresponding rise in misuse, and the consequences can be dire.” There is some good news. The estimated number of Americans who abuse prescription drugs was 6.1 million in 2011, down from 7 million the previous year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. But the number of drug overdose deaths, the majority of which are due to prescription drugs, has doubled in 29 states since 1999, according to this new report. And in some of those states the number of deaths has tripled, or even quadrupled. Trust for America’s Health evaluated each state on several strategies that have shown promise in fighting against prescription drug abuse. One was prescription drug monitoring programs, which help pharmacists and doctors identify patients who are “doctor shopping,” or visiting various doctors to fill more prescriptions. While 49 of the 50 states had these programs in place, only 16 required medical providers to use them, according to the report.

Presidents Cup 2013: Biggest Takeaways from the United States’ Victory

Those who cared knew the United States had clinched the event hours before the delayed coverage told them, and those fans know that it wasn’t always as locked in as it seemed. With that in mind, let’s look back on the event that was and give a couple of the biggest takeaways from the 2013 Presidents Cup. So…What’s the Deal With This Presidents Cup/Ryder Cup Dichotomy? David Cannon/Getty Images As established in the introduction, the United States has won five straight Presidents Cup events. The last time the United Stateslost a Presidents Cup was during the Clinton administration. The last non-win for the U.S. was a draw in 2003, and the 2013 host country has an overall record of 8-1-1 in the event since its inception. It’s worth noting here that the Presidents Cup has only been around since 1994. Why, you ask, is that worth mentioning? Well, because the United States has nearly been as putrid in the Ryder Cup as it has been excellent in the Presidents Cup. The Europeans have won five of the past six Ryder Cup championships, and hold a 7-2 record since that arbitrary cut-off. While the United States holds a massive advantage over the course of Ryder Cup history and had to collapse this year Usually, I’d say this is arbitrary and relatively meaningless. But there is one key difference between the two events that I think bodes well for the United States in Presidents Cup play: the number of matches.