Report: States Failing To Curb Prescription Abuse

The duo was dominant, scoring three wins as partners and reminding fans that, once upon a time, Tiger Woods actually enjoyed playing golf. Throughout the weekend, one of the most amusing stories was Woods and Kuchar insisting on awkwardly recreating the handshake from theFresh Prince of Bel Air. One could use the victory as a pulpit to push any number of narratives. That Tiger Woods somehow suddenly “enjoys” golf again after years of personal and professional turmoil. That Woods could use his Presidents Cup triumph as a confidence buoy heading into the next PGA Tour season, which begins in all of about 17 minutes, by the way. Blech. Not only should we know better than to ascribe our own favorite narrative to Tiger at this point, but it would also ignore the accomplishments of his teammates in Ohio. Kuchar was every bit as spectacular as Woods (if not more so) during their partnership, and others like Dufner also had dominant weekends leading their country to victory. David Cannon/Getty Images The United States won, mainly because the sum of its parts was greater than one or two players. It’s no coincidence that the International Team was able to dominate the singles competition. It was almost clandestine at times during four-ball and foursome play that one U.S. golfer would step up on holes where his partner struggledand vice versa. That is the story coming out of the 2013 Presidents Cup. Not Tiger Woods. Not Phil Mickelson. Not even Davis Love III’s wonderful dalliance as a baby squirrel owner.

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Only two states, New Mexico and Vermont, scored 10 out of 10. “In the past two decades we’ve seen many advances in the development of new prescription drugs, which have been a miracle for many,” said Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health. “But we’ve also seen a corresponding rise in misuse, and the consequences can be dire.” There is some good news. The estimated number of Americans who abuse prescription drugs was 6.1 million in 2011, down from 7 million the previous year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. But the number of drug overdose deaths, the majority of which are due to prescription drugs, has doubled in 29 states since 1999, according to this new report. And in some of those states the number of deaths has tripled, or even quadrupled. Trust for America’s Health evaluated each state on several strategies that have shown promise in fighting against prescription drug abuse. One was prescription drug monitoring programs, which help pharmacists and doctors identify patients who are “doctor shopping,” or visiting various doctors to fill more prescriptions. While 49 of the 50 states had these programs in place, only 16 required medical providers to use them, according to the report. The organization also looked at Rescue Drug laws in each state. “Rescue Drug” refers to the prescription drug naloxone, which has shown to be effective in counteracting an overdose. “People who have to take these pain relievers or who are caring for someone taking them may want to explore whether they can get a prescription for naloxone to have it on hand as a rescue drug in the event of an overdose,” said Andrea Geilen, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. But researchers found just 17 states, and Washington D.C., allow the general population to access and administer this drug. The report also evaluated laws that require special education for medical providers who prescribe prescription painkillers. Fewer than half the states had enacted laws addressing this issue.

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Generally speaking, the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), found at 31 U.S.C. 5311 et seq ., requires U.S. financial institutions to assist in the detection and prevention of money laundering. More specifically, the BSA requires that financial institutions file reports with the United States Department of the Treasury of all cash transactions which exceed a daily aggregated amount of $10,000. See 31 U.S.C. 5313 ; 31 C.F.R. 1010.311 , 1010.313 . In order to prevent circumvention of this reporting requirement, the BSA further prohibits attempts to structure transactions for the purpose of evading BSA currency reporting requirements. See 31 U.S.C. 5324(a)(3) ; 31 C.F.R. 1010.314 . The implementing regulations of the BSA define structuring as follows: For purposes of 1010.314, a person structures a transaction if that person, acting alone, or in conjunction with, or on behalf of, other persons, conducts or attempts to conduct one or more transactions in currency, in any amount, at one or more financial institutions, on one or more days, in any manner, for the purpose of evading the reporting requirements under 1010.311, 1010.313, 1020.315, 1021.311 and 1021.313 of this chapter. In any manner includes, but is not limited to, the breaking down of a single sum of currency exceeding $10,000 into smaller sums, including sums at or below $10,000, or the conduct of a transaction, or series of currency transactions at or below $10,000.