Public health experts say the abuse of prescription medication is the fasting-growing drug problem in the United States. A new Obama administration initiative aims to reduce addiction levels by 15 percent over the next five years. Among others elements, it would require doctors to receive special training for prescribing painkillers. Many in law enforcement laud the proposals. But people who need powerful drugs to manage chronic pain are concerned. They fear tougher rules for physicians will make it harder for them to get relief. An update on what’s being called a public health epidemic.

Guests

  • Dr. Robert Dupont president of the Institute for Behavior and Health; former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • Charles Horner chief of police, Portsmouth (Ohio) Police Department.
  • Dr. Paul Christo director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital; former director of the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center; host of "Aches and Gains," a weekly radio show in Baltimore.
  • Dr. Nora Volkow director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse of NIH.

Related Links

Topics + Tags

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
Most Recent Shows

Priorities For President Obama’s Remaining Time In Office

Monday, Jul 27 2015A lame duck, with diminished power to get anything done: This is how many had expected to describe President Barack Obama in his final two years in office. But Obama has had a string of recent victories, and now, he’s setting his sights on other issues. We look at the president's evolution and his political priorities for the remainder of his term.

Friday News Roundup – International

Friday, Jul 24 2015Turkish jets attack Islamic State positions in Syria for the first time. Negotiations begin in Athens on a third bailout for Greece. And President Barack Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page of USA Today for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup – Domestic

Friday, Jul 24 2015Secretary of State John Kerry defends the Iran nuclear deal in Congress. Republican candidates scramble for a spot in the upcoming GOP debate. And a dash-cam video of Sandra Bland’s arrest in Texas fuels debate over her death. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.