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Teensavers Diagnostics Inc. is proud to announce that CVS Pharmacy and CVS.com has added the entire family of Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kits.

NEED A DRUG TEST FOR YOUR FAMILY?  CLICK HERE.

“CVS.com and the CVS/Caremark family are absolute leaders in the home health care industry.    Families rely on the CVS family for every day products and life saving prescriptions.    We value the support that CVS.com has shown the Teensavers® family, including our family branded drug tests in their diagnostics category.   We share the importance and enthusiasm for families looking to lead a healthy life,” said Teensavers Diagnostics Inc. President Steve Stahovich.

Teensavers Diagnostics Inc. created the Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kits with the family in mind.   Government statistics show that 4,000 teens try drugs for the first time every day.   2,500 of those kids are experimenting with pills.    Many parents are seeing the explosion of teen prescription drug use in our community.    But they don’t know what to do about it.    The Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kits can help detect possible opiate use.    It can help deter kids from taking pills, prescribed for a legitimate patient, from the medicine cabinet to use recreationally.

“We are proud that parents can find our total family solution, from the same chain where they are getting their prescriptions.    Just as any health ailment requires immediate attention, potential teen substance abuse requires the same immediate attention and care.   Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kits provide more than a positive or negative result.   Our complete kit helps parents understand through the entire process, whether it’s diagnosing the drug use, or finding the best solution for your family,” said Stahovich.

There are five different Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kits available on CVS.com ranging from a 1-panel (THC only) test to a comprehensive 12-panel test.     The prices range from $16.99 to $29.99.

Stahovich says choosing the right test is based on alert and informed parenting.    Stahovich says, “Choosing the right drug test kit not only depends on your family and the child’s exposure to drugs, but the drug culture of the community.    It is critical for parents to be proactive by talking with other parents in the neighborhood, finding out about drug issues in the schools, and within the community.   Some communities have marijuana and cocaine problems.    We are seeing an explosion of prescription drug abuse across most of the country.   Parents may want complete tests for popular pills.     Proper home drug testing involves pro-active parenting”

The Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kit is 99.9% accurate, made in America, and approved for over-the-counter use by the FDA. The test is endorsed by America’s Parenting Coach, Tim Chapman, a 30-year treatment veteran.   The Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kit was recently named a 2011 “Top Products” Winner by Parent Tested, Parent Approved, one of the most reliable and valuable online resources for parents.

===Product Specs===

— 1-panel ($16.99) Marijuana (THC) test.
— 3-panel ($21.99), screens for Marijuana, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine.
— 5-panel ($25.99) screens for the previous three drugs, plus Oxycodone and Opiates.
— 7-panel ($29.99) screens for the previous 5 drugs plus Benzodiazepines and Ecstasy (MDMA.)
— 12-panel test ($39.99) is the most comprehensive Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kit. It screens for Marijuana, Cocaine, PCP, Opiates, Amphetamines, Methamphetamine, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Oxycodone, Methadone, Ecstasy (MDMA), and Tricyclic Antidepressants.
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Founded by President Steve Stahovich, a long time recovery and addiction specialist, Teensavers Diagnostics Inc. (http://myteensavers.com) is an ally to parents who suspect their teen may be using narcotics. We are the latest generation in home drug testing kits, offering a total solution, and not just results. We are endorsed by America’s Parenting Coach, Tim Chapman, founder of Chapman House.
To contact Teensavers Diagnostics about our total solution home drug test kit, or if you are a pharmacist or medical distributor, call 866-728-7833 or visit our website at HTTP://Myteensavers.comTeensavers Diagnostics sister company Independent Drug Testing Supply, manufactures business drug test kits and has been supplying hospitals, jails, and corporations for years. If you are a company interested in our business model drug test kits, contact us at (949) 727-3750.

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Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits the Hottest New Items at the drugstore.com™

The
#1 recommended brand by addiction specialists and the #1 family brand
of home drug testing kits, Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits, are now
available at the drugstore.com™
TeenSaver Diagnostics Inc., an Irvine, California based company, announced today that the drugstore.com™,
a leading online provider of health, beauty, vision, and pharmacy
products, is now selling the Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kit, the popular
family brand of home drug test kits.

“We are very excited that the drugstore.com™
is offering several options of Teensavers® Home Drug Test kits,” says
Steve Stahovich, President of TeenSaver Diagnostics Inc.  “We know that
there are millions of pro-active, alert parents who are testing their
children for drugs.  It is important to us that we make the right drug
test available to them, based on their needs.  A family concerned about a
habitual teen marijuana smoker can rely on a one-panel THC test.   But a
family, who may fear that their child is trying prescription drugs or
other designer substances, can rely on our comprehensive 12-panel test.”

Stahovich
says that trust and confidence are two major factors in parents using a
home drug test.   “There are cheaper, foreign made products sold online
that will not give you the best results.   We value that families want
reliable, confidential, and affordable drug testing, and now we are
excited that the drugstore.com™ can deliver Teensavers® products that meet those expectations.”

The drugstore.com™
is the go-to website for families, offering a wide assortment of more
than 60,000 products at competitive prices while providing a convenient,
private, and informative shopping experience.

There are five different Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kits available on the drugstore.com™:
— 1-panel ($16.99) Marijuana (THC) test.
— 3-panel ($21.99), which tests for Marijuana, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine.
— 5-panel ($25.99) screens for the previous three drugs, plus Oxycodone and Opiates.
— 7-panel ($29.99) screens for the previous 5 drugs plus Benzodiazepines and Ecstasy (MDMA.)

— 12-panel test is the most comprehensive Teensavers® Home Drug
Test Kit.   It screens for Marijuana, Cocaine, PCP, Opiates,
Amphetamines, Methamphetamine, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Oxycodone,
Methadone, Ecstasy (MDMA), and Tricyclic Antidepressants.   The
12-panel test is currently being offered for $39.99.

“Prescription
drug abuse is soaring.  You cannot smell your child for pills like you
can for alcohol and marijuana.  My history of substance abuse treatment
allowed me to develop the most comprehensive test for families to detect
teen substance abuse,” says Stahovich.

“Teens may fess up to
smoking a joint, but they may still be sneaking pills from the medicine
cabinet.  That abuse can quickly lead to an opiate addiction.  Our home
drug tests offer not only results, but guidance before, during, and
after you gives the test.”

The Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kit is
laboratory accurate, made in America, and approved by the FDA.  The test
is endorsed by America’s Parenting Coach, Tim Chapman, a 30-year
treatment veteran.    The Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kit was recently
named a 2011 “Top Products”  Winner by Parent Tested, Parent Approved,
one of the most reliable and valuable online resources for parents.
The entire product line has also received high regards from numerous
“mom blogs” for the ease of use, the science behind the tests, and the
around-the-clock helpline offered to families.
Founded by President Steve Stahovich, a long time recovery and addiction specialist, Teensaver Diagnostics Inc. (http://myteensavers.com)
is an ally to parents who suspect their teen may be using narcotics. We
are the latest generation in home drug testing kits, offering a total
solution, and not just results. We are endorsed by America’s Parenting
Coach, Tim Chapman, founder of Chapman House.
To contact Teensaver
Diagnostics about our total solution home drug test kit, or if you are a
pharmacist or medical distributor, call 866-728-7833 or visit our
website at http://myteensavers.com

Teensaver Diagnostics sister
company Independent Drug Testing Supply, manufactures business drug test
kits and has been supplying hospitals, jails, and corporations for
years. If you are a company interested in our business model drug test
kits, contact us at (949) 727-3750.

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Founded
by President Steve Stahovich, a long time recovery and addiction
specialist, Teensaver Diagnostics Inc. (http://myteensavers.com) is
an ally to parents who suspect their teen may be using narcotics. We
are the latest generation in home drug testing kits, offering a total
solution, and not just results. We are endorsed by America’s Parenting
Coach, Tim Chapman, founder of Chapman House.
To contact Teensaver
Diagnostics about our total solution home drug test kit, or if you are a
pharmacist or medical distributor, call 866-728-7833 or visit our
website at http://myteensavers.com

Teensaver Diagnostics sister
company Independent Drug Testing Supply, manufactures business drug test
kits and has been supplying hospitals, jails, and corporations for
years. If you are a company interested in our business model drug test
kits, contact us at (949) 727-3750.

It is a hotly debated proposal.   A new bill would require parents to
drug test their children in order to keep them in school.   Long Island
lawmaker Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa)  introduced the
bill this week.   The bill would force parents to sign a statement
swearing they had tested their children annually.   The students tested
would be high schoolers, grades 9th through 12th.   The results would
not be relayed to school administrators.

The Teensavers Team
applauds Saladino for his efforts.  After all, parents who discover that
their child is using a substance, can help correct the problem.
Oftentimes, a teenagers habit becomes a full blown addiction before
loved ones find out.   Treating the problem at that point can be
difficult.

While we always encourage parents to use drug tests to
help ensure that their kids are clean, there are a few problems we see
with this bill.  First, testing only once a year doesn’t do a whole
lot.   If you test your teen in January, they have another 10 months of
potential substance abuse.    The key to home drug testing is regular
and random.   Your teen should know that they could be tested at any
time, but at no specific time.  This also helps prevent a kid from
possessing substitute urine or a masking agent handy.

The other
problem we have with the bill is that it starts with 8th grades.
14-years-old is not the entry age for drug use.   SAMHSA stats say that
2500 children experiement with drugs for the first time every day, and
some of them are as young as 8-years-old.   This policy would work
better for children grades 6th and up.    Now you are looking at 11 and
12-year-olds, who may just be experimenting with marijuana or other
controlled substances.   Early detection is key when trying to cutoff a
growing drug problem.  By high school, kids have more means to find
masking agents, or find someone to provide them with a urine sample.

Teensavers believes that Saladino is on the right path.   He told CBS2 in New York,

“We want to make sure that parents have the tools
they need to determine if there’s an addiction problem with a serious
drug — we’re talking heroin, barbiturates, opiates — the kinds of drugs
that lead to death,” Saladino said.

He claimed the bill is designed to assist parents.

“Once
a teen becomes 18-years-old, they’re an adult, and parents lose all
control of the situation and are not able to get them into rehab,” Saladino said. “This helps parents identify the problem early.”

We
believe Saladino is working towards a great plan to help keep kids off
drugs.   What we are proud to see is that he responded after a series of
heroin deaths in his community.   Many lawmakers are not doing much to
help fight this surging drug problem.

Hopefully Saladino can wake up the parents of these kids, and let them know that this threat is for real.

 

 

 

TeenSaver Diagnostics Inc., an Irvine, California based
company, is proud to announce that the latest generation of home drug
testing, the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit®, is available on Walgreens
drug store’s online site, Walgreens.com.
“We are pleased that
the Walgreens family and Walgreens.com is now offering a family branded
home drug test kit,” said Steve Stahovich, President of TeenSaver
Diagnostics.     “For over 100 years, Walgreens has been a leader in
providing affordable and reliable home and health care products to
families across America.   We have tremendous pride that families can
trust the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit®, and we are grateful that the
Walgreens Corporation, the nation’s largest drug store chain, shares
that same trust in our product.”
There are five different Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits® available on the retailer’s website, Walgreens.com:
— 1-panel ($16.99) Marijuana (THC) test.
— 3-panel ($21.99), which tests for Marijuana, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine.
— 5-panel ($25.99) screens for the previous three drugs, plus Oxycodone and Opiates.
— 7-panel ($29.99) screens for the previous 5 drugs plus Benzodiazepines and Ecstasy (MDMA.)

Click on the box below or HERE to order from Walgreens.com right now.

— 12-panel test is the most comprehensive Teensavers Home Drug Test
Kit®.   It screens for Marijuana, Cocaine, PCP, Opiates, Amphetamines,
Methamphetamine, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Oxycodone, Methadone,
Ecstasy (MDMA), and Tricyclic Antidepressants.   The 12-panel test is
currently being offered with an introductory discount price of $34.99.

“We are proud to be able to offer home drug testing choices to
families,” said Stahovich.  “If they suspect their loved one may be
using Marijuana, they can rely on our THC-only test.    If they want to
make sure that their loved one is not using a wide variety of drugs,
they can use our comprehensive 12-panel drug test.”
The
Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit® is 99.9% accurate, made in America, and
approved by the FDA.    The test is endorsed by America’s Parenting
Coach, Tim Chapman, a 30-year treatment veteran.     Chapman says the
Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit® is a tool that belongs in all family
medicine cabinets.  “Kids are turning to prescription drugs in alarming
numbers.   This test can be your weapon in not only detecting the drug
use, but deterring it.   Having this test at home puts teens on notice
that they could face drug testing at any time.   The next time they are
asked to try drugs by someone they know, they won’t hesitate to say, “I
can’t. My parents home drug test me.””
The Teensavers Home Drug
Test Kit® was recently named a Spring 2011 “Top Products”  Winner by
Parent Tested, Parent Approved, one of the most reliable and valuable
online resources for parents.   “Walgreens customers, can have complete
confidence that the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit® has the endorsement
of the PTPA, its testers, and its devoted followers,” said Stahovich.
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Founded
by President Steve Stahovich, a long time recovery and addiction
specialist, Teensavers Diagnostics Inc. (http://myteensavers.com) is an
ally to parents who suspect their teen may be using narcotics. We are
the latest generation in home drug testing kits, offering a total
solution, and not just results. We are endorsed by America’s Parenting
Coach, Tim Chapman, founder of Chapman House.
To contact Teensavers
Diagnostics about our total solution home drug test kit, or if you are a
pharmacist or medical distributor, call 866-728-7833 or visit our
website at HTTP://Myteensavers.com

Teensavers Diagnostics sister
company Independent Drug Testing Supply, manufactures business drug test
kits and has been supplying hospitals, jails, and corporations for
years. If you are a company interested in our business model drug test
kits, contact us at (949) 727-3750.

More information can be found online at http://Myteensavers.com

CNN has a great article out this morning on its’ political ticker.

The most powerful information was on the last line:

Daily, 50 people in our nation die from unintentional prescription opioid overdoses and, daily, 20 times that number are admitted to hospital emergency departments for opioid overdoses,” said John Eadie, director of the Prescription Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis University.

That’s a shocking number of deaths and illnesses because of the reckless use of pills.   A good portion of these victim are teens, who think there is little harm in taking a pill.   Of the millions who survive their pill usage, a good portion become addicted to opiates, and they turn to heroin.

Protect your child with a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.    You can get one clicking right HERE.

For the CNN article you can click HERE.

The Senate is taking an aggressive approach to combating the nation’s fastest growing epidemic; Prescription drug abuse.   As Myteensavers has been relaying to parents, more kids are turning to the medicine cabinet than they are the needle.

Yesterday, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee on crime and terrorism, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, announced that prescription drug “abuse poses a serious and growing threat to our communities and young people.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH spoke yesterday about the troubles in his state: “Prescription-drug abuse in Ohio — and our nation — needs to be treated like the epidemic it is,” Brown said. “From the policies to the stories, it’s clear prescription-drug abuse is nonpartisan. It’s clear it is an issue of life or death in too many parts of our nation, especially Ohio.”

Brown promoted a bill that he said would prevent prescription-drug abusers from acquiring excess drugs — which they might abuse or illegally-resell.    This legislation already exists in 20 states.

Gov. John Kasich signed a “pill mill” bill on Friday, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has gone after those abusing drug prescriptions.

Brown’s office says Ohio is second only to Florida in the number of oxycodone prescriptions filled, and Ohio’s death rate due to unintentional drug poisoning skyrockets 350% from 1999 to 2008.

In 2007, unintentional drug poisoning became the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing motor-vehicle crashes and suicide for the first time on record.

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, told the panel that the pills were popular because they were easy to get and there was a “low perception of risk.”

Last month, the White House announced plans to crack down on prescription-drug abuse, including putting a priority.

This serves as a reminder for parents to drug test their kids.   A Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit can be a life-saving device in the home.

 

It would surprise most people.   But pr0-active and caring parents are making great strides in protecting their children.    They are out buying home drug tests for their teens.  We all know Google.  Well, Google ranks all things Google.    That includes searches.   A common search phrase found is quite simply: Where can I get a home drug test kit.

The answer is also simple: Click RIGHT HERE!!!

Yes, you can get them cheaper.   But before you buy, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is it accurate?   The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit is 99.9% accurate
  • Is it FDA approved?   Absolutely.  The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit is FDA cleared for sale.
  • Where is it made?    The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit is made in the USA.    Most of those cheaper tests are foreign made.   That means you cannot count on their levels to be right for your family!
  • Is it messy?    The Teensavers Home Drug Test kit is designed to make it easy to use without a concern of making a mess.   No parent wants to play lab technician and handle urine or dip a test strip into an open cup of urine.   The Teensavers cup is made to lock and give you results without dipping, shaking, or flipping over your cup.
  • Will this test provide me with more than answers?   The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit goes beyond results, providing you with a toll-free hotline for you to get your questions answered.    Our trained counselors can provide you with test intructions, answer your questions about a certain drug, or help find you the best treatment for your family.

The answer is right here:

This press release from UNC shows the severity of prescription drug abuse.    If you know someone that needs help, or you need a Teensavers home drug test kit CLICK HERE.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Unintentional overdose deaths in teens and adults have reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. In some 20 states in 2007 the number of unintentional drug poisoning deaths exceeded either motor vehicle crashes or suicides, two of the leading causes of injury death. Prescription opioid pain medications are driving this overdose epidemic. Opioid pain medications were also involved in about 36 percent of all poisoning suicides in the U.S. in 2007.

In a commentary article released ahead of the print version in the April 19, 2011 online issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, physicians affiliated with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Duke University Medical Center cite data noting that in 2007 unintentional deaths due to prescription opioid pain killers were involved in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.

The new report was co-authored by CDC medical epidemiologist Leonard J. Paulozzi, MD, MPH; Richard H. Weisler, MD, adjunct professor of psychiatry at UNC and adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center; and Ashwin A. Patkar, MD, associate professor in the psychiatry and behavioral sciences department at Duke University. More than describing the scope of unintentional prescription opioid overdose deaths, their report is aimed at helping doctors control the problem.

Approximately 27,500 people died from unintentional drug overdoses in 2007, driven to a large extent by prescription opioid overdoses. Dr. Weisler says that to put this in perspective, the number of 2007 U.S. unintentional drug poisoning deaths alone represents tragically about 4.6 times as many deaths as all U.S. fatalities in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from the beginning of both wars through Feb 20, 2011.

Alternatively, the 2007 U.S. unintentional drug poisoning deaths would be equivalent to losing an airplane carrying 150 passengers and crew every day for six months, which clearly would be totally unacceptable from a public health perspective.

The CDC sounded alarms regarding the issue in several reports last year. In June 2010, for example, the agency announced that the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) found that 1 in 5 high school students in the United States have abused prescription drugs, including the opioid painkillers OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin. Opioids are synthetic versions of opium that are used to treat moderate and severe pain.

And in June last year the CDC reported that visits to hospital emergency departments involving nonmedical use of prescription narcotic pain relievers has more than doubled, rising 111 percent, between 2004 and 2008.

The authors note various reports citing some key factors linked to the problem: increased nonmedical use of opioids without a prescription “… solely for the feeling it causes” and that medical providers, psychiatrists and primary care physicians included, may fail to anticipate among their patients the extent of overlap between chronic pain, mental illness and substance abuse.

For example, 15 percent to 30 percent of people with unipolar, bipolar, anxiety, psychotic, non-psychotic, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders will also have substance abuse problems. Dr. Patkar said, “Similarly, people with substance abuse are more likely to have another mental illness and a significant number of patients with chronic pain will have mental illness or substance abuse problems.”

Moreover, opioids, benzodiazepines, anti-depressants, and sleep aids “are frequently prescribed in combination despite their potentially harmful additive effects,” the authors point out. And it’s the combinations of these drugs that are frequently found in the toxicology reports of people dying of overdoses.

In their recommendations to physicians, the authors suggest that before prescribing opioids, doctors should try non-narcotic medications as well as, when possible, physical therapy, psychotherapy, exercise, and other non-medicinal methods. And that these methods are given “an adequate trial” before moving to opioids.

“It is very important to screen patients with chronic pain who may require opioid therapy for substance abuse and mental health problems, especially depression and other mood and anxiety disorders and address these problems adequately,” they state.

It’s the best $40 you can spend to keep your child free from drugs. Winner of the Parent Tested Parent Approved award, the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit is helping families stay clean. More info: Click HERE

Myteensavers.com has been communicating with parents, telling them that pills are a problem.    Unfortunately America is in a stir over President Obama’s birth certificate.  But more importantly, the White House is sending out its own message about the devastation of opiates.

Here is the government press release!

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RELEASES ACTION PLAN TO ADDRESS NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE EPIDEMIC;
ANNOUNCES FDA ACTION REQUIRING DRUG MAKERS TO DEVELOP EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR PRESCRIBERS ABOUT SAFE USE OF OPIOIDS

New Strategy Strikes Balance between Cracking down on Drug Diversion and Protecting Delivery of Effective Pain Management

Washington, D.C.—Today, Gil Kerlikowske, White House Director of National Drug Control Policy; Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services, Howard Koh, M.D.; Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.; and DEA Administrator, Michele M. Leonhart released the Obama Administration’s comprehensive action plan to address the national prescription drug abuse epidemic and announced new Federal requirements aimed at educating the medical community about proper prescribing practices.

The Administration’s Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis provides a national framework for reducing prescription drug diversion and abuse by supporting the expansion of state-based prescription drug monitoring programs, recommending more convenient and environmentally responsible disposal methods to remove unused medications from the home, supporting education for patients and healthcare providers, and reducing the prevalence of pill mills and doctor shopping through enforcement efforts. The plan is the culmination of six months of collaboration across the Federal government, with agencies including the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and others.

In support of the action plan, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it is requiring an Opioids Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). The new program will require manufacturers of long-acting and extended-release opioids to provide educational programs to prescribers of these medications, as well as materials prescribers can use when counseling patients about the risks and benefits of opioid use. The Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 gave FDA the authority to require manufacturers to develop and implement a REMS to ensure the benefits of a drug or biological product outweigh its risks.

“Today we are making an unprecedented commitment to combat the growing problem of prescription drug abuse,” said Vice President Biden. “The Government, as well as parents, patients, health care providers, and manufacturers all play a role in preventing abuse. This plan will save lives, and it will substantially lessen the burden this epidemic takes on our families, communities, and workforce.”

“The toll our Nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic has taken in communities nationwide is devastating ,” said Director Kerlikowske. “We share a responsibility to protect our communities from the damage done by prescription drug abuse. This plan will build upon our already unprecedented efforts to coordinate a national response to this public health crisis by addressing the threat at the Federal, state, and local level.”

“Abuse of prescription drugs, especially opioids, represents an alarming public health crisis.” said Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H. Assistant Secretary for Health. “This Plan, which coordinates a public health approach with a public safety approach, offers hope and health to our Nation.”

“Unintentional drug overdose is a growing epidemic in the US and is now the leading cause of injury death in 17 states,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said. “There are effective and emerging strategies out there to address this problem. Support for this action plan will help us implement those strategies which will go a long way to save lives and reduce the tremendous burden this problem has on our healthcare system and our society.”

“Long-acting and extended-release opioid drugs have benefit when used properly and are a necessary component of pain management for certain patients, but we know that they pose serious risks when used improperly, with serious negative consequences for individuals, families, and communities,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “The prescriber education component of this Opioid REMS balances the need for continued access to these medications with stronger measures to reduce their risks.”

“DEA is committed to implementing this important and much needed action plan to reduce the demand for prescription drugs, enforce our nation’s drug laws, and take back unneeded prescription drugs,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “When abused, prescription drugs are just as dangerous and just as addictive as drugs like methamphetamine or heroin. The more we can do to stop the abuse of prescription drugs, the more effective we will be in reducing the death, destruction and despair that accompanies all drug abuse.”

Prescription drug abuse is our Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. The number of people who have unintentionally overdosed on prescription drugs now exceeds the number who overdosed during the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980’s and the black tar heroin epidemic of the 1970’s combined. In 2007, approximately 27,000 people died from unintentional drug overdoses, driven mostly by prescription drugs. Additionally, a ccording to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the number of Americans in 2009 aged 12 and older currently abusing pain relievers has increased by 20 percent since 2002. Further, visits by individuals to hospital emergency rooms involving the misuse or abuse of pharmaceutical drugs have doubled over the past five years.

ONDCP is coordinating an unprecedented government-wide public health approach to reduce drug use and its consequences in the United States . This effort includes requesting an increase in funding for drug prevention by $123 million and treatment programs by $99 million dollars for Fiscal Year 2012, to train and engage primary health care to intervene in emerging cases of drug abuse, expand and improve specialty care for addiction—including care for families and veterans, and to better manage drug-related offenders in community corrections.

To read the full Action Plan, click here.

To read the FDA’s Opioids Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS), click here.

To get involved in DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative, click here.