Dear Chairmen and Ranking Members:
As you know, prescription drug abuse is a growing public health crisis. Approximately 6.1 million Americans abuse or misuse prescription drugs, and more than 60 Americans die every day from a prescription drug overdose. Overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers have quadrupled since 1999 and now outnumber deaths from all illicit drugs, including heroin and cocaine, combined.
As a diverse group of stakeholders interested in the manufacture, distribution and appropriate use of opioid medications, the Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies is working toward a comprehensive and balanced policy strategy to reduce abuse and promote treatment options. We support effective programs and policies to help prevent prescription painkiller overdose, while ensuring patients’ access to safe, effective pain treatment.