There’s a fantastic article today on the Partnership at Drugfree.org on the importance of prescription monitoring programs (PMPs) in the battle against the prescription drug abuse epidemic. The article’s author, Carmen A. Catizone, asserts that while PMPs are an effective strategy within their participating states, the ability to share this data across lines would further enhance their efficacy, and notes that “many doctor shoppers will travel hundreds of miles, often across state lines, in attempts to obtain prescription drugs.”
The technology to enable this sharing of data is now available through NABP InterConnect, and has so far been deployed in five states; ten others have signed agreements to participate. At Phoenix House, we think it’s critical that as many states as possible participate in NABP’s InterConnect program. What do you think? We’d love to hear how you weigh in on this issue.
Source: The Partnership at Drugfree.org