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Abuse, Misuse and Diversion

Abuse and Misuse of prescription pain relievers in a serious public healthcare problem. In 2011, the White House identified prescription drug abuse and misuse as a major public health and public safety crisis. They therefore called for urgent action to ensure the appropriate balance between the benefits and risks for these medications.

Here are facts and resources to help you stay better informed.

General Information

Strategies to Prevent Opioid Misuse, Abuse, and Diversion That May Also Reduce the Associated Costs 

Prescription Drug Abuse Information & Statistics 

Video by the Alliance for Balanced Pain Management (AfBPM): “A Prescription for Reducing Opioid Abuse” 

National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse

America Starts Talking

Learn to Cope – a non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs

The Medicine Abuse Project 


Safety Information

Medication Safety A to Z 

Do’s and Don’ts for the Safe Use of Prescription Opioids 

Safeguard My Meds 

Lock Your Meds

Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing

The Pain Cycle

Fellow pain warrior, Dennis Kinch, created The Pain Cycle, which provides information and support to those suffering so they may become engaged and empowered. In 2006, Dennis chose to walk Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles to raise pain awareness and share the knowledge he gained through his own Paget’s disease.

Dennis Kinch believes there is a way out of the suffering. It may not be a 3,000- mile walk for everyone. Yet for a man who should not be walking at all, he found a way out of the Pain Cycle … and he is here to help you.

Here is an excerpt from his book, “Journey through Pain…The Walk for Healing.”