Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,650,000)
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control (OBN) is submitting a request for funding in the amount of $1,500,000 for the life of the grant. This request focuses on integrating the PDMP into prescribers’ workflows. This project will support the integration for over 20,000 prescribers throughout the State of Oklahoma. The project will also continue to fund two Compliance and Data Quality Analyst positions that will assist in the integration project but focus on data quality.
OBN has experienced great advances in combatting prescription drug abuse and diversion since the enactment of the PMP. Since 2015, the state has mandated all practitioners who write prescriptions for opioids, benzodiazepines, or carisoprodols (Soma) check the PMP for new patients or after 180 days has elapsed since last PMP check. Nevertheless, OBN has recognized some challenges that this grant, if awarded, would help address. The highest priority project is providing prescribers with PMP data within their workflows.
This grant will help Oklahoma fulfill and go beyond the priority consideration of prescribers querying the PMP before prescribing Schedules II, III, and IV drugs because it would provide the prescriber with PMP data for ever patient with every visit. The integration will allow users to access the same information that is available in the PMP within their clinical workflows, including patient history, summary information, and clinical risk indicators. While PMPs have seen great advancements over the years, Oklahoma is still unique in that it remains the only state with real time data collection and this enhancement would provide that real-time data to prescribers in a more efficient way.
To help Oklahoma fight the epidemic, OBN and other state agencies have received federal funding in the past. The Oklahoma State Department of Health received the CDC Prevention for States grant in 2015. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is currently a SAMHSA grantee under the Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment-Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction grant and Grants to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths program. During the grant, we are dedicated to continuing our work with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Healthcare Authority, Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the various boards and assocations.