Monitor Your Patients
Making Use of Your State’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is an online database that houses prescribing and dispensing data for patients per state. The PDMP helps identify when a patient obtains multiple prescriptions from different practitioners—which may indicate that the patient is misusing or is addicted to prescription drugs.3,4

Featuring Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, FACP

Learn How to Use Your State’s PDMP
US State Prescribing Rates per 100 persons, 20165
>107.1 prescriptions
83.0-107.1 prescriptions
64.1-82.9 prescriptions
<64.1 prescriptions
How Can You Help?

IN 2018, 41 PEOPLE DIED EACH DAY
FROM PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS IN THE US.6

References
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Opioid Overdose. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db356.htm. Accessed May 8, 2020.
  2. The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) Fact Sheet. American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians website. http://nasper.org/Documents/FactSheet-DrugAbuse-2011.pdf. Accessed March 22, 2018.
  3. State prescription drug monitoring programs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/faq/rx_monitor.htm. Drug Enforcement Administration website. Updated June 2016. Accessed March 22, 2018.
  4. Prescription drug monitoring frequently asked questions (FAQ). Brandeis University. Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center website. http://www.pdmpassist.org/content/prescription-drug-monitoring-frequently-asked-questions-faq. Accessed March 22, 2018.
  5. U.S. State Prescribing Rates, 2016. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/maps/rxstate2016.html. Updated July 31, 2017. Accessed March 23, 2018.
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Prescription Opioid Overdose Data. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/prescribing/overdose-death-maps.html. Accessed May 8, 2020.
  7. Why guidelines for primary care providers? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/guideline_infographic-a.pdf. Accessed March 22, 2018.
  8. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Results From the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2018-nsduh-detailed-tables. Published August 2019. Accessed May 8, 2020.
  9. National Institute on Drug Abuse website. Overdose Death Rates. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates#:~:text=Drug%20overdose%20deaths%20involving%20prescription,of%20deaths%20dropped%20to%2014%2C975.. Accessed May 8, 2020.
  10. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug Overdose Death Data. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates#:~:text=Drug%20overdose%20deaths%20involving%20prescription,of%20deaths%20dropped%20to%2014%2C975.. Accessed May 8, 2020.
  11. Jones CM. Heroin use and heroin use risk behaviors among nonmedical users of prescription opioid pain relievers—United States, 2002-2004 and 2008-2010. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013;132(1-2):95-100.

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