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Utah PDMP Enhancement Grant

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Salt Lake
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $398,196)

Since the beginning of FY 2002, Congress has appropriated funding to the U.S. Department of Justice to support the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Prescription drug monitoring programs enhance the capacity of regulatory and law enforcement agencies and public health officials to collect and analyze controlled substance prescription data through a centralized database administered by an authorized state agency. These programs are designed to help prevent and detect the diversion and abuse of pharmaceutical controlled substances, particularly at the retail level where no other automated information collection system exists.

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program assists states as they plan, implement, or enhance a PDMP. PDMPs: build a state-level data collection and analysis system to enhance the capacity of regulatory and law enforcement agencies and public health officials for future prevention efforts; enhance existing programs' abilities to analyze and use collected data to identify drug abuse trends and increase the number of users of the PDMP; facilitate national evaluation efforts to ensure continued support; encourage the exchange of information among states to prevent cross-border diversion; assess the efficiency and effectiveness of programs to ensure continued state-level support; and, enhance collaborations with law enforcement, prosecutors, treatment professionals, the medical community, and pharmacies to establish a comprehensive PDMP strategy.

The Utah Department of Commerce will receive funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance for the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. They will use funds for enhancements that will allow the department to: enhance their database to operate with prescription information updated daily or in real time as opposed to the current weekly update of prescriptions dispensed; increase emphasis on training for law enforcement and health care professionals; purchase National Coding Software; enhance their system to interface with the DEA system to share interstate data and receive DEA updates; and evaluate services from a contracted consultant to determine the efficacy and incremental benefits of the new system.


Date Created: August 30, 2009