Parents, take note of some unsettling statistics: Oregon youth (ages 12-17) rank 4th in the nation for non-medical use of pain relievers. And for adults, Oregon is 8th in the nation.
This, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).
Some states – and Oregon isn’t one of them – have begun implementing Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) designed to monitor the prescription and disbursement of prescription drugs designated as controlled substances by the DEA.
Oregon Partnership will be joining others in the next session of the Legislature to get the state on board to better track prescription drug disbursement and to promote prevention as a result of this growing trend among Oregon teens.