All Things Considered
4:00 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Prescription Drug Abuse Plan Calls for Monitoring, Awareness - and Funding

State officials are announcing their strategy to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. That strategy calls for increased public awareness, more funding for treatment programs, and, again, a statewide prescription monitoring system.

That piece has been blocked by lawmakers several times. State Senators will take it up again at a hearing tomorrow.

Tym Rourke is chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment, which developed the strategies in this report. He tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the state's plan to cut prescription drug abuse.

Note: there are some technical errors in the audio of this interview.