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Prescription Medication Misuse and Overdose Prevention

Prescription drug misuse and abuse, specifically opioids, is a huge problem in the United States. The Medical Board of California (Board) has joined forces with the California Department of Public Health, the California State Board of Pharmacy, and many other State agencies and stakeholders to expand prevention and treatment strategies as well as to decrease the amount of misuse in California. However, it is important to recognize that these medications are needed and have “an appropriate use”.

The Board is dedicated to working with the “Statewide Opioid Safety Workgroup” in educating and informing physicians and consumers, in conjunction with the Board’s number one mission of “consumer protection.”