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PDMP Outreach

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $400,000)

Beginning in FY 2002, Congress appropriated funding to the U.S. Department of Justice to support the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Prescription monitoring programs 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. States that have implemented prescription monitoring programs have the capability to collect and analyze prescription data much more efficiently than states without such programs, where the collection of prescription information requires the manual review of pharmacy files, a time-consuming and invasive process.

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program assists states as they plan, implement, or enhance a PDMP to: 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, identify and address sources of diversion, and increase the number of users of the PDMP; facilitate and participate in national evaluation efforts to assess efficiency and effectiveness; encourage and implement the exchange of information among states to prevent cross-border diversion; assess the efficiency and effectiveness of state-level programs to make improvements and encourage additional states to implement programs; and, enhance collaborations with law enforcement, prosecutors, treatment professionals, the medical community, and pharmacies to establish a comprehensive PDMP strategy.

The California Department of Justice will use the enhancement grant funds to engage in several educational outreach activities as part of their initiative to educate health care practitioners, pharmacists, and law enforcement about substance abuse, responsible controlled substance prescribing, California's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), and electronic data sharing with other state PDMPs. This will be accomplished via a PDMP website tutorial to show viewers how to register, use the system, reset password, run a patient activity report (PAR), and inform users on what to do when it is suspected that a person is abusing controlled substances. In addition, a new informational brochure will be developed explaining the PDMP, its use and tutorial function, a quick fact sheet of the program, and enhanced online frequently asked question. Through these initiatives, the goal is to increase registration in the PDMP and reduce telephone call volume; thereby, allowing the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) program staff the ability to concentrate on pharmaceutical investigations and ensure that pharmacies are correctly submitting prescription data.


Date Created: September 15, 2010