Prescription drug addiction has created challenges for every state in the country, and Iowa is no exception. The state has now announced the creation of a special prescription drug task force. The goal of the group is to outline the nature and scope of the prescription drug problem in Iowa and then make recommendations to an Iowa Prescription Abuse Reduction plan later in the year. The prescription drug task force is made up of 32 Iowa physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals, experts in substance abuse and treatment, and law enforcement officials. The rapid increase in Iowa residents abusing prescription drugs has posed a significant challenge for officials throughout the state. The prescription drug task force wants to explore new avenues of education, safe disposal programs of prescription pills, and prescription monitoring and stronger law enforcement policies.