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February 12, 1982

Drug Abuse Related to Prescribing Practices

JAMA. 1982;247(6):864-866. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320310098050

A RESOLUTION introduced before the 1980 annual meeting of the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association by the Florida delegation summarized activities by the Florida Medical Association, and the Duval and other County Medical Societies that were calculated to reduce the abuse of amphetamines and methaqualone, as well as the incidence of stolen and forged prescriptions. The basic elements of these activities included

  1. A 48-hour delay in delivery of any amphetamine or methaqualone prescription, with these drugs no longer to be stocked routinely in pharmacies.

  2. A verification by the pharmacist of each such prescription by a telephone call to the prescribing physician personally.

  3. Reminders to physicians to safeguard their prescription blanks and to avoid preprinting their DEA number on the forms, so as to prevent thefts and forgeries.

  4. Enlistment of the assistance and cooperation of pharmacy associations and law enforcement agencies in the above