For Patients and the General Public

Find treatment in your area

Learn to dispose of prescription drugs safely

For Physicians

For Pharmacists

Report illegal prescription drug sales or rogue online pharmacies

Related to Law Enforcement

Information About Prescription Drugs

For and About Senior Citizens

For and About Adolescents

Prescription Drugs in the News



Webcast: Easy Access: the Abuse of Legal Drugs, Nov. 20, 2008.

Video clip: Campaign Targets Teen Prescription Drug Abuse, Sept. 2008.

Webcast: When Good Medicines Become Bad Drugs, Oct. 21, 2008

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For Patients and the General Public

Report Rogue Internet Pharmacies
You can make a confident call to the DEA’s International Toll-Free Hotline to Report Illegal Prescription Drug Sales and Rogue Pharmacies Operating on the Internet at 1-877-RxAbuse (1-877-792-2873)

National Council on Patient Information and Education
The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) is a coalition of over 125 diverse organizations whose mission is to stimulate and improve communication of information on appropriate medicine use to consumers and healthcare professionals.

Enhancing Prescription Medicine Adherence: A National Action Plan Media Advisory
A report from the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) for numerous stakeholders about how to help patients take medications as prescribed.

FDA’s Buying Prescription Medicine Online: A Consumer Safety Guide
A consumer safety guide from the Food and Drug Administration about how to safely buy prescriptions on the Internet.

Be MedWise
Be MedWise is a public education initiative by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) Be MedWise to promote a better understanding that over-the-counter (OTC) drug products are serious medicines and must be taken with care.

An 8-Step Check List for Medicine Safety
This “how-to” guide from the Partnership for Safe Medicines  is designed to help consumers identify and protect against counterfeit medicines. This eight-step check list helps consumers judge whether their medications are safe and provides tips on what to do if a drug has been compromised.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America’s pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them.

Parents the Anti-Drug Web site
This is an excellent site for Parents of adolescents. It provides information on a wide variety of substance use and abuse topics—including prescription drug abuse.

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Find treatment in your area

Find treatment in your area by calling SAMHSA's helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or use their online locator. SAMHSA's Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator is the most recent national directory of drug abuse and alcoholism treatment programs. This directory can be searched to show the location of treatment programs that meet your search specifications.

This Locator lists:

  • Private and public facilities that are licensed, certified, or otherwise approved for inclusion by the State substance abuse agency in which the facility is located.
  • Treatment facilities administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service and the Department of Defense.

Follow this link to SAMHSA's Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator

Follow this link to find the substance abuse agency in your state 

The following links represent a variety of organizations which provide information and/or offer support services to people with substance use disorders and their families.

Alcoholics Anonymous


Narcotics Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous

Dual Recovery Anonymous

Marijuana Anonymous

The National Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Information provides a catalog of available informational resources on addiction related topics. Many of these resources are free and may be ordered at: National Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Information

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence provides information, programs and advocacy to fight the stigma and the disease of alcoholism and other drug addictions.

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Learn to dispose of prescription drugs safely

The new Federal prescription drug disposal guidelines urge Americans to:

  • Take unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers.
  • Mix the prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, like used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and put them in impermeable, non-descript containers, such as empty cans or sealable bags, further ensuring that
    the drugs are not diverted or accidentally ingested by children or pets.
  • Throw these containers in the trash.
  • Flush prescription drugs down the toilet only if the accompanying patient information specifically instructs it is safe to do so.
  • Return unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs to pharmaceutical take-back locations that allow the public to bring unused drugs to a central location for safe disposal.

Are Your Precriptions Safe? Download this valuable education tool targeted at all consumers of prescription drugs. This flyer is appropriate for physicians to display in their waiting rooms, for pharmacists to give to all patients picking up medications, and for treatment providers to give to all of their clients.

For more information on disposing of prescription drugs safely, click here.

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For Physicians

Emerging Solutions in Pain
Emerging Solutions in Pain (ESP) is an ongoing educational initiative developed to address some of today's most critical issues in pain management. Through evidence-based scientific data, validated tools, and the expertise of a cadre of leading pain and addiction medicine experts, the ESP program provides clinicians with guidance in the implementation of good practice management techniques.

Academy of Pain Management and the Society for Pain Practice Management
The American Academy of Pain Management is an inclusive, interdisciplinary organization serving clinicians who treat people with pain through education, setting standards of care, and advocacy.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), based in suburban Philadelphia, is the nation’s only 501c (3) nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use.

Integrating the Science of Addiction Into Psychiatric Practice
NIDA’s Web site includes a series of research-based presentations related to treating chronic pain in recovering addicts. The track was presented in collaboration with NIDA at a 2004 American Psychiatric Association meeting.

Harvard Medical School Division on Addictions/Cambridge Health Alliance “Red Card”
The Division on Addiction has developed an information card that lists referral numbers and diagnostic information for substance abuse treatments. Initially the card was distributed to third and fourth year medical students, and teaching hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School, but has since reached far beyond Harvard Medical School system.

Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy (PLNDP)
Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy (PLNDP) is a non-partisan group of the nation's leading physicians and attorneys, whose goal is to promote and support public policy and treatment options that are scientifically-based, evidence-driven, and cost-effective. is an educational website for clinicians, teaching about pain assessment and management. This site is a comprehensive resource and is based on the latest scientific information about pain treatment.

San Diego Reference Laboratory Drug Detection Periods
This site provides a table of drug detection periods from the San Diego Reference Laboratory.

New Healthcare Codes to Encourage Substance Use Screening and Intervention by Doctors
A December 2007 article from CADCA coalitions online about new healthcare codes for substance abuse screening and brief intervention (SBI).

Brief Addiction Science Information Source (BASIS)

The mission of the BASIS is to strengthen worldwide understanding of addiction and minimize its harmful effects. To work toward this goal, the BASIS provides a forum for the free exchange of information related to addiction, and public access to the latest scientific developments and resources in the field.

Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients in Pain (SOAPP®)
A brief paper and pencil tool designed to facilitate assessment and planning for chronic pain patients being considered for long-term opioid treatment.  SOAPP® was developed with support from Endo Pharmaceuticals and NIDA. Consisting of 24 questions, this assessment takes less than 10 minutes to complete and is simple to score. A panel of pain and addiction specialists helped develop SOAPP®.

SAMHSA’s Treatment Locator
You can call SAMHSA's Toll-Free Referral Helpline to find treatment
at 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357) or go online to

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For Pharmacists

Simple Steps for S.A.F.E. Sourcing
Counterfeit, adulterated, or fraudulently-obtained products remain an issue in the United Sates.  This site contains information for pharmacists to consider for safe sourcing.

American Pharmacists Association
Through information, education, and advocacy the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) empowers its members to improve medication use and advance patient care.

American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP)
ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication-error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines.

National Association of State Boards of Pharmacy
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is the independent, international, and impartial association that assists its member boards and jurisdictions in developing, implementing, and enforcing uniform standards for the purpose of protecting the public health.

National Community Pharmacists Association
The National Community Pharmacists Association, founded in 1898 as the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD), represents the pharmacist owners, managers, and employees more than 24,000 independent community pharmacies across the United States.

Kentucky Rx Abuse Program Targets Pharmacists
The Regional Prevention Center of Comprehend, Inc., a CADCA member based in Maysville, Ky., joined forces with the Kentucky Pharmacist Association to develop “Prescription Drug Abuse: A Toolkit for Pharmacists.  Article appears in CADCA Coalitions Online.

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Report illegal prescription drug sales or rogue online pharmacies

The DEA has a toll-free international hotline to report the illegal sale and abuse of prescription drugs: 1-877-RxAbuse (1-877-792-2873).

The illegal sale of drugs on the Internet or in e-mails can be reported to the following agencies: Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Diversion Control Program, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Related to Law Enforcement

Bureau of Justice Assistance Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
The purpose of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is to enhance the capacity of regulatory and law enforcement agencies to collect and analyze controlled substance prescription data. The program focuses on providing help for states that want to establish a prescription drug monitoring program.

National Alliance for State Model Drug Laws
NAMSDL assists states with efforts to address the diversion of, abuse of, misuse of, and addiction to prescription drugs. In fiscal year 2003, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Justice Assistance designated NAMSDL as the technical assistance provider for the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

This PDF chart indicates which drug schedules each PDMP monitors.

Drug Enforcement Agency
The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Diversion Control Program
The DEA Diversion Control Program is the US agency responsible for dealing with the diversion of controlled pharmaceuticals and the diversion of controlled chemicals.

National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators
Established in 1989, the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Inc. (NADDI) is a unique membership organization whose members are responsible for investigating and prosecuting pharmaceutical drug diversion. The organization has proven to be a valuable asset to law enforcement, the pharmaceutical industry and health regulatory personnel.

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Information About Prescription Drugs

Medline Plus Web site: Prescription Drugs
MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. This site provides comprehensive information about prescription drug abuse.

Synthetics Strategy
This report from the Office of National Drug Control Policy is a companion document to the President's National Drug Control Strategy. It details plans for unprecedented cooperation with Mexico and other international partners to drastically reduce the flow into the United States of both methamphetamine and the precursor chemicals used to produce the drug.

Misuse of Prescription Drugs: Data from the 2002, 2003, and 2004 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health
From SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies, this report presents findings from the 2002, 2003, and 2004 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUHs) on the nonmedical use of prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs.

Under the Counter: The Diversion and Abuse of Controlled Prescription Drugs in the U.S.
From The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, this report provides information about the rising epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the United States.

Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory – Prescription Medications: Misuse, Abuse, Dependence, and Addiction
This treatment advisory from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is designed to educate addiction treatment professionals about prescription drug abuse.

Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory –  OxyContin©: Prescription Drug Abuse—2006 Revision
This treatment advisory from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is designed to educate addiction treatment professionals about OxyContin.

Prescription Drug Facts from the Office of National Drug Control Policy
This area of ONDCP’s Web site features information about prescription drug abuse.

Commonly Prescribed Medications: Use and Consequences
A National Institute on Drug Abuse table, which provides information about prescribed opioids, depressants, and stimulants and includes possible harmful effects if the substances are misused. From the NIDA Research Report Series - Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction

Drug Enforcement Administration: Controlled Substances in Alphabetical Order
This section of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Web site is a general reference guide to controlled substance Schedules.

Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) promotes and protects the health of Americans by assuring that all prescription and over-the-counter drugs are safe and effective.

Prescription Medications
This section of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Web site provides basic information on prescription drugs and links to numerous reports and Web based resources on prescription drug abuse.

Selected Prescription Drugs with Potential for Abuse (PDF)
This resource from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides a chart of information detailing individual prescription drugs along with their street names, DEA scheduling and health effects.

Addiction by Prescription – A Web cast
This 60-minute CSAT sponsored Web cast features experts in the field discussing groundbreaking strategies to treat addiction to prescription medications and new office-based and pharmacological approaches that are helping to make treatment more effective.

NIDA Research Report – Prescription Drugs: Abuse & Addiction
A research report series from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which focuses on prescription drug abuse.

DEA Drug Information
This is a section of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Web site that profiles specific drugs and their effects.

Trends of Prescription Drug Abuse in the U.S. from the Gulf Coast ATTC

This document includes the latest information on patterns of prescription drug abuse around the country from a variety of national data sources.

DEA Stats and Facts by State
This area of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Web site profiles drug problems, including prescription drug abuse issues by state.

Pharmaceutical Drugs - National Drug Threat Assessment 2008
Profiles of current threats from prescription drugs from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Web site.

Chart of DEA Drug Schedules
This is a listing of current drug schedules from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Web site.

Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)
The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) is a public health surveillance system that monitors drug-related visits to hospital emergency departments (EDs), and drug-related deaths investigated by medical examiners and coroners (ME/Cs).

Emergency Room Visits Climb for Misuse of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs
A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) press release about ER visits for prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse.

Patterns and Trends in Nonmedical Prescription Pain Reliever Use: 2002 to 2005

A report based on data from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.

Analgesics/Pain Relievers
An area of the Office of Applied Studies Web site, which features numerous reports relating to analgesics/pain medications.

You've Got Drugs!" IV: Prescription Drug Pushers on the Internet
A white paper from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University explores rogue Internet pharmacies.

Prescription Drug Abuse/Misuse Is a Growing Public Health Crisis: Policymakers Are Taking Action
Article in Winter 2006 issue of The ATTC Networker from the ATTC National Office.

Prescription Drug Trends Workshop
This one-day workshop from the Mountain West ATTC addresses the problem of prescription drug abuse beginning with an overview of the underlying brain mechanisms behind addiction. It also reviews the epidemiology of misuse and abuse of drugs such as Vicodin, Xanax, Oxycontin and Ritalin. To learn more, call 775-784-6265.

Drug Information Portal
This database from the National Library of Medicine, launched in February 2008, provides information about over 12,000 drugs, including prescription and non-prescription drugs, dietary supplements, drugs of abuse, and investigational drugs. Searchable by generic or brand name, or browse resources by drug class or by audiences. <

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
CADCA works to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions in their effort to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities. This Web site contains numerous informative articles on substance use disorders. This article details the dangers of prescription drugs and advises that the prevalence of use among 12th graders is over 15 percent.

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For and About Senior Citizens

Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for Seniors™ Program
This program from the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) is designed as an interactive, national initiative to promote safe and appropriate medicine use by enabling older adults to avoid medication misuse, recognize and manage common side effects, and improve medicine use knowledge, attitudes, and skills to avoid medication errors.

Misuse of Prescription Drugs by Older Adults Is Especially Dangerous
Article in Winter 2006 issue of The ATTC Networker from the ATTC National Office.

Substance Abuse Awareness for Seniors: A Guide for Developing a Substance Abuse Awareness Program for Older Adults
The Central East ATTC developed a guide for people who design outreach education programs to increase awareness among providers (medical and otherwise) and seniors about elderly substance abuse issues. The manual is designed to raise awareness of the scope and nature of substance abuse among older people, and offers a basic guide to prevention, assessment, intervention, treatment and aftercare. It explores underlying factors that keep the disease hidden and treatment and recovery elusive. The manual is available in hard copy and electronically.

Substance Abuse in Older Adults: Diagnosis and Treatment

In 2005, the Mid-Atlantic ATTC developed a DVD designed to help professionals working with older adults recognize substance use disorders. This resource was developed in collaboration with the Mountain State, Pennsylvania, Western Reserve and Virginia Geriatric Education Centers and the Veteran’s Administration Employee Education System. Three one-hour modules cover topics such as prevention, assessment, diagnosing substance abuse and treatment options. It was originally broadcast nationally with a live call-in component after each module. To order this product, contact Mid-Atlantic at 804-828-9910 or

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For and About Adolescents

Getting High on Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs Is Dangerous: A Guide to Keeping Your Teenager Safe in a Changing World.
From the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, this brochure provides vital information to parents on how to keep their teenagers safe in a changing world. Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications are fast becoming the new “party” drugs for many teenagers.

Strategizer 52, Teen Prescription Drug Abuse: An Emerging Threat
CADCA has developed a new publication, in collaboration with the ONDCP´s National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, to help prevention leaders effectively address teen prescription drug abuse in their communities. It provides the latest facts on prescription drug abuse or misuse among youth, strategies that prevention practitioners can use to address this issue in their communities, and best practices from coalitions across the country. (Click on publications.)

Adolescents Say Prescription Drugs Are Accessible and Seem Less Dangerous Than Illicit Street Drugs
Article in Winter 2006 issue of The ATTC Networker from the ATTC National Office.

Anabolic Steroid Abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and several partners announced a national multimedia public education initiative designed to alert the public to the dangers of anabolic steroids.

NIDA for Teens
This Web site provides informative and accurate data to both students and teachers about the health effects of drug abuse.

Just Think Twice
A Drug Enforcement Administration Web site aimed at helping teens understand the dangers of drug misuse/abuse.

Stop Cough Medicine Abuse was created by the leading makers of OTC cough medicines and its trade association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) to alert communities and educate parents about a growing problem: the intentional abuse of cough medicines among teens.

Senator Biden Op-Ed Cautions Parents About OTC and Prescription Medicine Abuse
An op-ed penned by U.S. Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), published in the Delaware State News on Sept. 29, 2007, warns parents about an often overlooked form of substance abuse: over-the-counter and prescription medicine abuse. In the op-ed, entitled "A Wake-Up Call to Parents," the lawmaker urges parents to talk to their kids about medicine abuse and to educate young people about the potentially dangerous and addictive nature of some of these drugs.

Prescription Medicine Abuse: A Growing Problem
From the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, this Web area brings together in-depth information on the abuse of prescription medicines, including a new brochure (in English and Spanish), helpful articles, detailed drug information, and the latest research on usage.
This public education Web site, from the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, is targeted at young adults and includes information about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs.

Smart Moves, Smart Choices
The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) recently introduced “Smart Moves, Smart Choices,” a program that responds to the growing rate of prescription drug abuse among middle and high school students nationwide. NASN has teamed up with PriCara®, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on the program, which features a news series and Web-based resources targeted to school nurses, teachers and parents. “Smart Moves, Smart Choices” educates teens about the serious risks of abusing prescription medicines, such as those used legitimately to treat pain.


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Prescription Drugs in the News

ATTC Articles About Prescription Drugs

Study: Teens Getting High on Legal Drugs, December 21, 2006

A broadcast from National Public Radio: Prescription Drug Deaths Rise in West Virginia

Television ad from the the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign – Rx Drugs: Teens Don’t Need A Drug Dealer to Get High

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Warns About Dangers of Internet and Illicit Supply Chain,, July 11, 2006.

Moms Head to Capitol Hill to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse, ABC News, July 26, 2006.

Mothers Plead for Prescription Drug Legislation, ABC News, July 26, 2006.

Prescription Drug Abuse a Disturbing Trend Among Hispanic Youth, Hispanic PR Wire, July 26, 2006.

Doctor’s system helps identify drug abusers, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 29, 2006.

HHS, DEA still at odds over e-prescribing, Drug Topics, August 21, 2006.

Painkiller use rising at alarming rate, MSNBC, August 20, 2007.

Working Together: DEA and the Medical Community, DEA News Release, September 6, 2006.

Unscrupulous Internet Pharmacies Are Fueling Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis, ATTC Networker, Winter, 2006.

Community Pain Management Project in Massachusetts Encourages Partnership, ATTC Networker, Winter, 2006.

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