Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) have become a key component to every state, and even the federal response to the opioid epidemic. Over the past few years, state’s (and the federal government) have funneled millions of dollars into PDMPs, improving their technology, expanding access, developing their capabilities, and encouraging doctors, pharmacies, and law enforcement to use them as a resource. However, while momentum is moving in one direction, Missouri isn’t ready to join the party just yet. As of 2017, Missouri became the only state in the country that did not have a PDMP.
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, or PDMPs, aren’t a new concept. They have, however, become a recent staple in the state and nationwide fight against opioid abuse.
New Hampshire is one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic. In 2015, 439 New Hampshire citizens died from opioid-related causes, and as of right now, New Hampshire is set to hit 500 opioid related deaths this year.
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On August 22, 2016, Massachusetts launched a revamped prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). The Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool (MassPAT) received $6 million in upgrades that includes an easier to access system, required PDMP registration for physicans and access to monitoring systems in other states.
State-run prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) store information about prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances, and this information is a valuable resource to medical providers.
Currently, 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. One prominent tool in the fight against opioid abuse is the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).
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PDMP stands for a prescription drug monitoring program, and in some states it’s simply called a PMP, prescription monitoring program. No matter the term you use, the idea is the same. A PDMP is a state-based electronic database that tracks the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances.