Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Linked to 30% Drop in Opioid Prescribing

States that use prescription drug monitoring programs have seen a 30 percent decrease in the rate of prescriptions written for opioid painkillers, a new study finds.

“This reduction was seen immediately following the launch of the program and was maintained in the second and third years afterward,” the researchers wrote in the journalHealth Affairs.

NBC News reports the researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York are not certain why the programs reduce opioid prescriptions. “It is possible that the implementation of a prescription drug monitoring program by itself substantially raised awareness among prescribers about controlled substance misuse and abuse and made them more cautious when prescribing pain medications with a great potential for abuse and dependency,” they wrote.

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