Inadequate treatment of pain and abuse of prescription pain medications are both serious public health problems that are increasingly at odds in our society. For many years, Purdue has committed substantial resources to combat opioid abuse and support the responsible use of Rx opioids.
Purdue is dedicated to being part of the solution to reduce the abuse of prescription opioid medications. For many years, Purdue has funded programs and provided resources to support the responsible use of prescription opioids. These efforts include combating opioid abuse by partnering with healthcare professionals, patients, caregivers, communities, law enforcement, and government. In addition, Purdue has led the development of opioids with abuse-deterrent properties.
The healthcare community has stepped up to the challenge of reducing Rx opioid abuse, misuse, and diversion in several ways. For example, healthcare professionals who prescribe opioid analgesics invest valuable time on patient screening and monitoring, more use of patient agreements and patient counseling, watch for red flags that alert them to doctor or pharmacy shopping. Many of these healthcare professionals also participate in the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program for extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesics.
In addition, several professional healthcare associations and patient advocacy organizations have been developing positions and policies to address the problem of prescription drug abuse, including support for emerging technologies in opioid abuse deterrence. In recent years, payers have also taken action to support the deterrence of prescription opioid abuse.