Use of prescription drug-monitoring programs (PDMPs) has increased significantly in recent years, but information gaps remain, a problem that new AMA policy adopted at the 2017 AMA Annual Meeting seeks to address. …

“Use will go up when they become more useful tools,” Dr. McAneny (@BarbaraMcAneny) said while presenting a Board of Trustees report to the reference committee.

 

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What prescribers can do to safely and effectively use opioids for CNCP (includes the following)

  • Screen for prior or current substance abuse/misuse
  • Do not use concomitant sedative–hypnotics or benzodiazepines
  • Track daily MED using an online dosing calculator
  • Use the state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to monitor all sources of controlled substances

Neurology, 2014; 83; 1277-1284, September 2014

The abuse of opioid pain medication has a devastating impact on public health and safety in this country, killing 46 people every day… Prescription Drug poisoning deaths – now over 30,000/yr – outnumber deaths from motor vehicle crashes.

National Center for Health Statistics/CDC
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