Inadequate treatment of pain and abuse of prescription pain medications are both serious public health problems that are increasingly at odds in our society. Corporations that make prescription pain medications have a responsibility to address both problems. For many years, Purdue has committed substantial resources to combat opioid abuse by partnering with healthcare professionals, patients, caregivers, communities, law enforcement, and government.
Although pain medications can provide relief from pain, misuse and abuse of pain medications can lead to tragic consequences, including addiction, overdose, and death. As an industry leader in pain management, Purdue has supported many initiatives to combat opioid abuse, such as paying for addiction hotlines and working with law enforcement to help them better identify pills that are frequently abused. In addition, Purdue has led the development of opioids with abuse-deterrent properties. These efforts, however, need to be complemented by public education and treatment so that we address demand as well as supply.
For many years, Purdue has funded programs and provided resources to support the responsible use of prescription opioids.