“We have a law enforcement problem, a health care problem and a treatment problem. And we have to focus more effort on stopping this problem before it starts. Because when it comes to heroin, a gram of prevention is worth 10 kilos of cure, because the grip of this drug is so strong once it takes hold, it rarely lets go, even if people do get help and go into recovery.”
In line with the National Drug Control Strategy, the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys have focused on the prescription drug epidemic as an enforcement priority through education efforts within their communities and supporting the proper disposal of prescription drugs through DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The Offices of the U.S. Attorneys (USAOs) is partnered with the Partnership For Drug-Free Kids to promote its national campaign, “Medicine Abuse Project.” The Medicine Abuse Project is a five-year action campaign that aims to reduce the amount of teens from abusing medicine by half a million by the year 2017. The USAOs promote this important effort through a multi-faceted outreach approach that includes, chairing panels, giving television interviews, hosting webinars, writing op-eds, and utilizing social media to educate kids on the dangers of abusing prescription and over-the-counter medicines. The USAOs also partnered with each other and with stakeholders within their communities to tackle prescription drug trafficking and abuse. Examples of these efforts are below.