Friday, September 23, 2016
Office of Justice Programs Announces Grant Awards of More Than $8.8 Million to Help Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse, Misuse, Diversion
The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance today announced funding of more than $8.8 million in 20 separate awards to 19 state health and pharmacy boards and departments to better track and share prescription drug information to help reduce drug abuse, misuse, and diversion.
The awards, funded under the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program FY 2016 Competitive Grant Program, enable awardees to create, implement, and enhance Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. PDMPs are state run databases that collect data about controlled substance prescriptions dispensed by pharmacies and doctors. Authorized users, including prescribers and dispensers, are permitted to monitor dispensing activity through these programs. Checking a PDMP before prescribing helps to improve appropriate pain management care, prevent diversion of drugs, and identify patients who may have an opioid use disorder and need treatment. In certain states, law enforcement officers may also obtain authorization to access PDMP data. Evidence suggests that PDMPs improve patient care while preventing abuse and overdose deaths.
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