Gov. Bentley awards funding to combat prescription drug abuse

Governor Robert Bentley has awarded a $125,000 grant to combat the illegal use of prescription drugs.{} It's accounted about 15,000 deaths annually in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.{}

The grant funding will support programs to reduce the amount of controlled prescription medications dispensed.{} Education programs will alert the public as well as medical professionals, pharmacists and law enforcement agencies about the extent of prescription drug misuses.{}

Alabama has one of the highest rates in the nation of prescription painkillers sold per 1,000 people, and the state ranks high in the number of fatal overdoses of prescription painkillers, according to the CDC.

The Office of Prosecution Services will work in cooperation with the Alabama Drug Task Force, the state departments of Public Health and Education and local district attorneys to implement and enforce prescription drug policy.

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