PDMP & Opioid Abuse News

PDMP & Opioid Abuse News

PDMP & Opioid Abuse News

  • Drug abuse: A national tragedy, major cause of insecurity — Marwa 18 Jun 2021 23:05 Eagle Online Mohammed Buba Marwa, Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, has described drug abuse as a national tragedy and major cause of insecurity in the country. Marwa, who spoke at a stakeholders meeting held on Friday in Lokoja, Kogi State, lamented that …
  • Calgary man arrested after RCMP investigation aimed at 'combating drug abuse' 18 Jun 2021 22:22 Calgary Herald Article content A Calgary man is facing multiple charges related to drug trafficking and possession of illegal drugs following an investigation into the distribution of illicit drugs on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation. Cochrane RCMP said they undertook an …
  • Former Amherst doctor sentenced to prison for illegal prescribing of opioids and defrauding Medicare 18 Jun 2021 18:25 WGRZ Dr. Gautam Arora was convicted of unlawfully acquiring controlled prescriptions by misrepresentation and fraud and scheming to defraud a health care benefit program BUFFALO, N.Y. — A former Amherst pain doctor was sentenced to 14 months in prison for …
  • Health economist: Opioids cost community $3.3B in damages 18 Jun 2021 17:50 The Republic - Indiana CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Harvard health economist has testified that prescription opioids have caused an estimated $3.3 billion in damages in a West Virginia community. Thomas McGuire, professor of health economics at Harvard Medical School, testified …
  • Get help from professionals, not ‘bomohs’, parents with drug-abuse children told 18 Jun 2021 03:42 Borneo Post AADK personnel inspecting a bag belonging to a drug suspect during an operation. KUCHING (June 18): Parents need to get their children who are taking drugs the proper help instead of being in denial and blaming it on their child being disturbed by spirits …
  • More young people dying from opioids in Alberta: report 17 Jun 2021 22:05 Red Deer Advocate Nearly 30 young Albertans died from opioid overdoses in the first three months of 2021. “If this trend continues, the number of young people lost to the opioid crisis this year will be the most devastating on record,” says Alberta’s Child and Youth …
  • Opioids rip through US workforce, with deaths at record level 17 Jun 2021 19:12 Lancaster Farming Before the COVID-19 pandemic was the drug epidemic. Its relentless toll added a record 90,722 overdose deaths in the U.S. for the year through November 2020, a grim number obscured by coronavirus casualties that recently topped 600,000, according to …
  • 'Opioids are a poison stronger than love' 17 Jun 2021 00:40 The Sudbury Star Breadcrumb Trail Links News Local News Sudbury man risks losing his life and his young son unless he gets off drugs, judge warns Author of the article: Harold Carmichael Fentanyl pills. Postmedia File Article content A witness who called 911 feared the …
  • 'Grim reality': More Alberta youth dying from opioids, says report by child and youth advocate 16 Jun 2021 20:06 Edmonton Journal Article content A record number of Albertans under 25 died from accidental opioid poisoning last year, and the province is on track to surpass that peak, says a report from the child and youth advocate. The report, released by Del Graff on Wednesday …
  • Prophet Liabunya geared to fight drug abuse among youth in Mzuzu 15 Jun 2021 19:27 Malawi 24 Prophet Austin Liabunya says he will implement an initiative aimed at curtailing drug abuse among the youth in Mzuzu, following reports that youth in the city are using drugs such as Chamba and Ngirimbo. Recent research findings by Mzuzu Youth Against Drug …

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Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are now active in most states to assist clinicians in identifying potential controlled drug misuse, diversion, or excessive prescribing. Little is still known about the ways in which they are incorporated into workflow and clinical decision making, what barriers continue to exist, and how clinicians are sharing PDMP results with their patients.

Design
Qualitative data were collected through online focus groups and telephone interviews.

Setting
Clinicians from pain management, emergency and family medicine, psychiatry/behavioral health, rehabilitation medicine, internal medicine and dentistry participated.

Patients
Thirty-five clinicians from nine states participated.

Methods
We conducted two online focus groups and seven telephone interviews. A multidisciplinary team then used a grounded theory approach coupled with an immersion–crystallization strategy for identifying key themes in the resulting transcripts.

Results
Some participants, mainly from pain clinics, reported checking the PDMP with every patient, every time. Others checked only for new patients, for new opioid prescriptions, or for patients for whom they suspected abuse. Participants described varied approaches to sharing PDMP information with patients, including openly discussing potential addiction or safety concerns, avoiding discussion altogether, and approaching discussion confrontationally. Participants described patient anger or denial as a common response and noted the role of patient satisfaction surveys as an influence on prescribing.

Conclusion
Routines for accessing PDMP data and how clinicians respond to it vary widely. As PDMP use becomes more widespread, it will be important to understand what approaches are most effective for identifying and addressing unsafe medication use.

Pain Medicine, Volume 15, Issue 7, July 2014 

Effective monitoring systems [PDMPs] will augment clinical judgment, provide evidence of misuse, and facilitate prescription of the most appropriate analgesic for the situation…The Emergency Department is regarded as the nation’s safety net…the last bastion of around-the-clock access to care … Unfortunately, some of the solutions to opioid misuse [limiting ED physicians to 3-day opioid prescriptions] preempts judgments from trained emergency medical providers.

American College of Physicians, Annals of Internal Medicine, 9 April 2013
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