Michigan joins national project to reduce prescription drug abuse

file000559367251Michigan is one of six states selected to participate in a program aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse throughout the US.

Officials sid that kind of drug abuse has increased 136-percent over the past decade.

The Michigan Department of Community Health will lead efforts to develop a comprehensive, statewide action plan.

Angela Minicuci is a spokesperson for the Department of Community Health.

She said, “This is a great opportunity for Michigan to collaborate with other states to find better ways to protect the health of our residents from prescription drug abuse and how we can reduce that number that we are continuing to see grow.”

Minicuci said Michigan will look at other state’s evidence-based interventions for best practices that have worked in addressing the growing trend in communities.

The year long program is sponsored by the National Governor’s Association.