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Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
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To address the issue of prescription drug overdoses, many states have created prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP), which use databases to track prescriptions of controlled substances (drugs for which manufacture, possession, or use is regulated by the government). PDMPs are designed to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs that are prone to abuse—such as opioid painkillers and sedatives like benzodiazepines—by making doctors aware of the prescription histories of their patients. Almost all states now have operational PDMPs. These range from programs with limited staffing and outreach ability to large, well-staffed programs that make extensive use of the data they collect.
Epidemiology, Prescription Drugs, Substance Abuse, Surveillance
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