Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse Through State Policy

Connor Norwood, Rizwana Biviji-Sharma, Knotts Adam, Isaac Omenka, Cynthia Stone, Donna Purviance

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Prescription drug abuse has become a top public health concern in the United States in recent years. Changes in prescribing practices and the way in which health providers manage pain resulted from national quality improvement efforts in the 1990s. Most efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with the prescription drug abuse epidemic occur through policy initiatives at the state level. In 2011, Indiana ranked 17th in the United States and had only implemented a few intervention and prevention strategies. However, through a coordinated effort within the state, Indiana has expanded Good Samaritan laws and adopted rescue drug policies. Furthermore, the nursing workforce in Indiana has played a critical role in the successful implementation of these new policies. Nurses across the state have provided education and training to first responders and lay persons. They have also consulted with law enforcement agencies and other organizations looking to fully leverage the potential of these new state policies. Because of their versatility and clinical expertise, the nursing workforce has and will continue to play a critical role in the successful implementation of state policy initiatives aimed at fighting the prescription drug abuse epidemic. © 2015 International Nurses Society on Addictions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number10.1097/JAN.0000000000000097
Pages (from-to)203-207
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Addictions Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2015


  • health policy
  • nursing
  • nursing workforce
  • opioid analgesics
  • opioids
  • prescription drug abuse
  • public health
  • state policy

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