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Audio: Drug czar discusses prescription drug abuse issue

Kerlikowske
R. Gil Kerlikowske, who is President Obama's drug czar, recently spoke with The News for its "Rx for Danger" series. (Associated Press)

Today is the fourth and final day of The Buffalo News' "Rx for Danger" series looking at the emergence of various problems associated with the abuse of prescription drugs.

News Staff Reporter Henry Davis recently caught up with R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, to talk about the issue and what's being done on a national level.

Here are several clips from Davis' interview with Kerlikowske. Listen to what the former Buffalo Police commissioner had to say:

On the scope of the problem and some previously announced approaches to deal with it...

On "drug take-back days" and the cleaning out household medicine cabinets...

On the need to reduce cases of addiction while not restricting access to needed medicine...

On how to improve prescription monitoring programs...

On how to change public perception about the dangers of prescription drugs...

On getting doctors trained in how to prescribe these drugs...

On advice for parents...

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