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Baker Institute Viewpoints: Prescriptions Drug Abuse

Baker Institute Viewpoints is a regular series on the Baker Institute Blog that presents an array of views on a single issue.

The drugs of choice for an increasing number of Americans are prescription painkillers. Nowhere is the problem more apparent than Houston, where the renowned medical center area has become "a national hotspot for prescription drug abuse," according to a recent story in the Houston Chronicle. As policymakers grapple with how to address this growing problem — including a quiet reassessment of U.S. policies that focus on keeping illegal drugs out of the country — drug policy experts at the Baker Institute ask: What does rising prescription drug abuse mean for the "war on drugs"?

Read the posts in this series:

"What does rising prescription drug abuse mean for the war on drugs?" —
Gary Hale, nonresident fellow in drug policy.

"Treating addiction as a public health issue, not a crime" —
Tony Payan, visiting Baker Institute Scholar for Immigration and Border Studies.

"U.S. pill abuse may not make cartels completely irrelevant" —
Nathan Jones, Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy.