The undertreatment of pain and the abuse of prescription pain medications are two important public health problems that are increasingly at odds in our society.
Pain affects millions of Americans each year and is one of the top reasons people seek medical care. Chronic pain costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity.1 At the same time, the illegal trafficking (or diversion) and abuse of prescription medicines has become a serious public health problem in the United States.
At Purdue Pharma L.P., we are working with healthcare professionals, law enforcement, and local communities across the country to help curb diversion and abuse of medications, while making sure these medicines remain available for appropriate medical use. We have developed an array of programs focused on education, prevention, and deterrence.
We have developed RxSafetyMatters.org to help healthcare professionals, families and communities, and law enforcement officials learn about and utilize these resources to help
Purdue Pharma L.P. is working with healthcare professionals, law enforcement and local communities across the country to help curb diversion and abuse of medications, while making sure they remain available for appropriate medical use. The Company is committed to being part of the solution to prescription drug abuse and has developed an array of programs focused on education, prevention and deterrence.
1 Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research, Institute of Medicine, June 29, 2011