Many states have responded to the abuse of prescription opioids by developing a set of policies limiting access (e.g., prescription drug monitoring programs). While abuse is a continual concern, opioids play an important role in legitimate pain management: About one-third of the U.S. population struggles with chronic pain.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are a leading cause of injury and death in the United States. Legal interventions can control availability, lessen consumption and reduce harm associated with use and abuse of these substances.