Summit looks at the growing problem of prescription drug abuse

Delaware Prescription Drug Abuse Summit Marks a Turning Point in National Epidemic, CLAAD Says.

Today, a not-for-profit organization presenting at the Delaware Prescription Drug Abuse Summit appealed to the event's host, Attorney General Beau Biden, for assistance in preventing medication overdoses. The Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD) asked Biden to work closely with his father, Vice President Joe Biden, to ensure that federal regulators properly implement Obama-Biden Administration drug policies. 

During CLAAD's presentation at the summit, Director Michael Barnes warned that pain medications without added safety features could flood back into communities in the coming weeks if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fails to follow the Obama-Biden strategy.

In recent years, the makers of the opioid pain relievers OxyContin and Opana removed their traditional products from the market in favor of new versions designed to impede certain forms of intentional abuse.  Preliminary, peer-reviewed evidence indicates that dealers and abusers have less interest in the new drugs with abuse-deterrent features. The new medications cost no more to consumers than their prior formulations. 

Several drug companies have asked the FDA for approval to bring the old, more readily abused formulations of the drugs back to the market as early as January 2013. 

"The Administration's prescription drug abuse prevention plan provides express support for abuse-deterrent medications," Barnes said.

Earlier this month, CLAAD and nine other public health and safety organizations sent a letter to the FDA urging it to implement Obama-Biden policy, foster the transition to abuse-deterrent medications, and prevent the marketing of generic versions of the drugs that do not have similar safety features.

"At today's summit, I asked General Biden to work closely with his father to make certain that the FDA does the right thing," Barnes said. 

Vice President Biden is considered one of the most accomplished national leaders in drug policy, having served as chairman of both the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and Drug Caucus.

"I have confidence that the Bidens will ensure that the FDA supports the shift to abuse-deterrent medications," Barnes concluded.  "We reached a turning point in our nation's prescription drug abuse epidemic at today's summit." 



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  1. kerry pay mann kerry pay mann United States says:

    I am tired of being treated like a criminal because a surgeon messed up my surgery and it was 4 hours longer than it was suppose to be and I woke up with lose of feeling and movement in my entire left leg. When the feeling came back it was massive burning pain that I have had to take Oxycontin ever since and which made me totally disabled by the social security admin. since 2000 and the hoops I have to go thru to get my medication is a pain.

    I am not an abuser and I also have an unusual genes whereby I do not respond to chemicals the same as ordinary people. Cocaine has absolutely no effect on me and it takes twice the pills as a regular person to stop my pain because of my unusual body chemistry which is not my fault. I have never taken street drugs and do not even know what the sensation of "high" that people talk about because I have never experienced the feeling. I also can cut my intake 75% and do not get withdrawal which proves I have unusual body chemistry but I am tired of feeling like a criminal and always worrying whether the insurance company will fill my Rx because of the terrible cost of this drug that the federal Medicare is paying because a surgeon messed up and we do not have any way of suiing the doctor because it is a myth of frivolous law suits. My surgeon was too prominent and I could not get a lawyer to sew the doctor.

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