Whether the drug in question is classified as prescription or illegal narcotic, the impact to peoples lives are the same, and the results of abuse are the same. Drugs with addictive, destructive properties are pushed by doctors as easy, comparatively inexpensive solutions to a myriad of problems without thought to the long term consequences.
As the war on drugs has become successful, people have to find other ways to self-medicate for their personal problems. Often, this results in the abuse of legal drugs. It is too easy for people to get their hands on these drugs and continue to abuse them. It is tragic, and there is not enough awareness at this time.
No, not enough is being done to stop the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs in the United States. The abuse of prescription opiate drugs often leads to the abuse of even more harmful drugs such as heroin. These drugs should only be prescribed when absolutely necessary and safeguards should be imposed that can help keep them out of the wrong hands.
I don't think there is any solution to the problem of drug abuse. There are too many factors at play for a solution to be viable. Yes, governments should do everything they can to stop illegal drugs from being available. But families and communities have a responsibility to prevent drug abuse in the first place and if that fails then they have a responsibility to seek treatment.