Preventing Prescription Abuse in the Workplace Prescription Drug Abuse Webinar

The Preventing Prescription Abuse in the Workplace (PAW) Prescription Drug Abuse Webinar – 2012 (PDF | 5 MB), delivered by Scott Novak, Ph.D., senior developmental epidemiologist with RTI International, is the first in a series on the prevention of prescription drug misuse and abuse. The webinar is part of SAMHSA’s Preventing Prescription Abuse in the Workplace (PAW) Technical Assistance Project.

In his presentation, Dr. Novak provides an overview of the prescription drug misuse and abuse epidemic, including its history, at-risk social groups, and the psycho-pharmacology. Specifically, he outlines the four major subtypes of non-medical drug use, distinguishes between the types of prescription drugs that are most abused, identifies the specific populations at-risk for different types of prescription drug misuse, and identifies the risk factors for various consumption patterns.

Last Updated: 05/11/2016