As part of its mission to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare, Cardinal Health is committed to ensuring the safety of the pharmaceutical supply chain. This includes understanding and addressing the issue of the abuse of prescription drugs. From the very highest levels, Cardinal Health has embraced its responsibility and engaged employees, pharmacists and local communities in raising awareness about this serious social issue to keep prescription medications out of the wrong hands.
"Our nation is in the throes of an epidemic of controlled prescription drug abuse and addition."
Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
Chairman and President of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
One dies every 19 minutes
It’s true — every 19 minutes, one American dies from an unintentional drug overdose. And we aren’t talking about illegal street drugs — we’re talking about prescription drugs found right in your own medicine cabinet. The fact is, more Americans die from prescription drug abuse than cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin combined.