Ensuring Safe and Appropriate Prescription Drug Use

Prescription drug misuse, particularly of opioid painkillers, is a growing public health problem. Opioid overdose deaths have tripled over the past decade and the number of opioid prescriptions doubled during this same time period to more than 200 million a year. ACHP plans are working with patients, physicians, pharmacists and others to find ways to make sure these drugs are used appropriately. ACHP’s report, Ensuring Safe and Appropriate Prescription Painkiller Use: The Important Role of Community Health Plans, demonstrates how health plan initiatives address opioid misuse while ensuring safe and appropriate access to medications for patients with pain.

View the video   from the National Press Club release of the report

More detailed information on seven ACHP health plan initiatives profiled in the report is available in the following plan profiles: