Online Initiative Aims to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

An online initiative designed to reduce prescription drug abuse is beginning to gain steam after launching in 2010, according to The Washington Post.

The initiative, called Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS), is a rule by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that allows pharmacies and care providers to handle prescriptions for controlled substances that are designated Schedule II-V entirely online. The program is voluntary.

Schedule II drugs include oxycodone and fentanyl. The DEA recently announced it will  reclassify hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin from Schedule III to Schedule II.

Full story of initiative to reduce prescription drug abuse at drugfree.org

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Will Savage

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