Phoenix House President and CEO, Howard Meitiner, provided Congress with a written statement regarding steps that need to be taken to address the nation’s prescription drug problem. Phoenix House was thankful for the opportunity to comment on one of the most crucial issues facing our nation. Our testimony was invited by the Co-Chairmen of the Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus, for a July 24 briefing on Capitol Hill.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. As recently reported on the Phoenix House website, more than 13,500 babies are born addicted to prescription drugs each year. Studies show that members of our military are increasingly misusing prescription drugs; they return home veterans vulnerable to addiction, too many already in critical need of substance abuse treatment.
In his statement, Mr. Meitiner praised the Obama Administration and congressional members for confronting the issue of prescription drug abuse. He stressed the importance of prevention, intervention, and referral to high-quality, evidence-based treatment in addressing this national crisis.
“We also need to educate teens, parents, and the medical community,” Mr. Meitiner emphasized in his testimony, “in order to spread the message that when it comes to prescription drugs, legal does not equal safe.”
We welcome you to read the complete testimony and comment below.