Study: Effectiveness of Prescription Monitoring Databases Varies Greatly by State

Study: Effectiveness of Prescription Monitoring Databases Varies Greatly by State

The effectiveness of prescription drug monitoring programs, designed to reduce “doctor shopping” for opioids, has varied greatly by state, according to a new study by Columbia University researchers. They also found opioid prescribing rates, after surging in recent years, have stabilized.

The researchers used data from the Drug Enforcement Administration on prescriptions for the seven most commonly distributed opioid painkillers: fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, meperidine, methadone, morphine, and oxycodone.

Full story on the prescription monitoring at drugfree.org