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Prescription drug monitoring programs

 The issue

The opioid epidemic is on the rise and requires action, but legitimate pain patients still need access to the medications they rely on. Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs or PMPs) are state-run databases that track prescriptions for federally controlled substances.

The problem

All states have PDMPs, however, they are not necessarily standardized, may have inefficiencies, and/or be underutilized.

Our position: Support

U.S. Pain Foundation supports more specific practice guidelines, better educational programs, and enhanced cooperation between regulatory agencies and providers, which can turn PDMPs into efficient and effective tools for combating prescription medication abuse—without the unwanted byproduct of undertreating pain. Read our full position statement here.

Every state has a PDMP, but they are not standardized, have inefficiencies, and may be underutilized.

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