Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse

Prescription drug misuse and abuse is a complex problem, affecting individuals of all ages and in all communities across the country and its territories. Prescription drugs include pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives. Prescription drug misuse or abuse describes situations in which individuals use these drugs in ways they were not intended: either without a prescription, inconsistent with the doctor's instructions, or only for the experience or feeling they produce.

SAMHSA's CAPT is working with states, tribes, jurisdictions, and communities to develop and implement strategies to prevent the misuse and abuse of prevention drugs. Below are resources to assist in that effort.

Archived Webinars:

Decision Support Tools:

Data Sources Related to the Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs:

Preventing Prescription Abuse in the Workplace:

Other Resources:

Developed under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies contract (Reference #HHSS277200800004C).