The group's goal is to define the nature and scope of the problem in Iowa and to make recommendations in an Iowa Prescription Abuse Reduction plan later this year.
The task force is made up of 32 Iowa physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals, substance abuse and treatment
providers, law enforcement and others.
Studies indicate prescription drug abuse is putting the health and safety of Iowans at risk.
The task force is expected to look at areas including education, the securing and disposal of medicines, and prescription monitoring and enforcement.