Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today issued the following statement following the Administration's release of the 2011 National Drug Control Strategy:
"Prescription drug abuse and deaths from overdoses are soaring across our country, and little is being done to prevent the most highly abused and addictive pills, like OxyContin and Vicodin, from flooding our marketplace. I am pleased that this year's National Drug Control Strategy includes prescriber education as a critical component to addressing this problem. Recently I proposed legislation to accomplish this goal. However, still more needs to be done by the DEA and FDA to stop the oversupply of drugs to our teens, young adults and citizens throughout the country. My goal is to prevent abuse and addiction before it happens."
Congresswoman Bono Mack recently introduced the Ryan Creedon Act of 2011 (H.R. 2119) to require enhanced education among health care professionals on abuse and addiction of controlled substances before they register with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to prescribe these substances to patients. In addition, Bono Mack introduced the Stop Oxy Abuse Act of 2011 (H.R. 1316) which would revise U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifications to ensure that these powerful drugs are prescribed only for their intended use, severe pain.