Drug Summit Focuses on Unabusable Prescription Pills

Many of the nation's leaders met last week in Orlando to strategize on new ways to combat the nation's prescription drug epidemic. At the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, government agencies and health care providers discussed strategies to curtail drug abuse and addiction. Part of the focus of the summit was on how scientists can reformulate the most abuse drugs to render them "unabusable." Keynote speaker Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, called on pharmaceutical companies to continue to work on ways to deter drug abusers from tampering with prescription pills. The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit was organized by Operation UNITE, a Kentucky anti-drug group. Conference organizers hope to foster more cooperation between various agencies that are dealing with the nation's prescription drug epidemic. Conference topics include education, prevention, treatment and law enforcement. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has described Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee "ground zero" for the America's prescription drug problem. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has…

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