Opioid Abuse Consumer Protection and Enforcement (Austin)
The Opioid Abuse Consumer Protection and Enforcement Training is designed to equip the legal staffs of the attorneys general, their investigators, consumer advocates, and allied professionals to provide consumer education and legal protection and enforcement in the area of opioid abuse.
The training will provide an overview of issues relating to prescription opioids, including the dangers of abuse, the history of prescribing practices, the development of “pill mills,” and the impact of off-label marketing and online pharmacies. Participants will learn about the implications of opioid abuse on society, including health care costs, the potential for fraud, the dangers of “drugged driving,” and the environmental damage caused by the improper disposal of prescription drugs.
The course will also provide a way for participants to address these problems in their communities and among their clients and constituents, using evidence-based programs with a proven record of success. Participants will learn the roles of other stakeholders, including state pharmacy, medical, and dental boards, as well as state health departments, and identify how to best work with these stakeholders.
In addition, the participants will receive materials and gain access to programs which will help them inform their communities as to the dangers and issues of opioid abuse.