Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, Purdue Pharma L.P. (www.purduepharma.com) and its independent associated companies are engaged in the research, development, production and marketing of prescription and over-the-counter medicines and healthcare products. Privately owned and founded by physicians more than 50 years ago, Purdue has long been known for its pioneering work on medicines for the treatment of persistent pain. Today, Purdue Pharma and its independent associated companies have a presence in more than 30 countries with products in several therapeutic areas.
Recognizing that some of its products may be misused or abused, Purdue has taken a leading role in addressing the serious public health issues of prescription drug diversion and abuse through a wide variety of educational interventional programs. Activities include educational offerings for the healthcare and law enforcement communities as well as public awareness programs for on the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Additionally, Purdue has supported the implementation of state prescription drug monitoring programs to help reduce prescription abuse. Through a partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Purdue has also launched a public education campaign to promote safe storage and disposal of medications in the home.
Purdue created RxPATROL®, a national database that tracks, analyzes, and provides information on pharmacy crime to law enforcement and pharmacies. Information from RXPATROL continues to help law enforcement solve crimes while teaching pharmacy staff to protect their businesses and customers. Lastly, Purdue Pharma’s Law Enforcement Liaison & Education (LELE) training program helps law enforcement officers safeguard their communities, learn methods to fight prescription drug abuse and diversion as well as receive the latest drug crime trends and statistics.
To find out more about Purdue Pharma’s efforts to combat prescription drug abuse, visit www.RxSafetyMatters.org.
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