Prescription Drug Abuse as a Public Health Problem in Ohio: A Case Report
Article first published online: 26 AUG 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Public Health Nursing
Volume 29, Issue 6, pages 553–562, November 2012
How to Cite
Winstanley, E. L., Gay, J., Roberts, L., Moseley, J., Hall, O., Christine Beeghly, B., Winhusen, T. and Somoza, E. (2012), Prescription Drug Abuse as a Public Health Problem in Ohio: A Case Report. Public Health Nursing, 29: 553–562. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2012.01043.x
- Issue published online: 19 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 26 AUG 2012
- community health nursing;
- public health systems;
- substance abuse
Prescription drug overdose is the leading cause of injury death in Ohio, as well as in 16 other states. Responding to the prescription drug epidemic is particularly challenging given the fragmentation of the health care system and that the consequences of addiction span across systems that have not historically collaborated. This case study reports on how Ohio is responding to the prescription drug epidemic by developing cross-system collaboration from local public health nurses to the Governor's office. In summary, legal and regulatory policies can be implemented relatively quickly whereas changing the substance abuse treatment infrastructure requires significant financial investments.