Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $781,761)
The Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) enhances the capacity of regulatory and law enforcement agencies and public health officials to collect and analyze controlled substance prescription data and other scheduled chemical products through a centralized database administered by an authorized agency.
PDMPs help state and local governments to detect and prevent the diversion and abuse of pharmaceutically controlled substances such as opioids and other prescription drugs. The Harold Rogers PDMP strengthens states and territories ability to plan, implement, or enhance PDMPs by accommodating local decision-making based on state laws and preferences, while encouraging the replication of promising practices. In addition to supporting the implementation and enhancement of PDMPs, the program can support the Administrations priority of tracking prescribing across providers and states through the integration of PDMPs and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) which are essential to promoting safe and responsible prescribing, while also assuring appropriate pain care.
The applicant will develop a training program that will be imbedded into the PMP to inform prescribers of the statutory requirements related to the PMP and its use, continue to track the percentage of Nevada prescribers who are registered and using the PMP, and further track and measure Nevadas required use of the PMP database and its impact on Nevadas mortality rate and incidents of emergency room visits due to prescription drug overdoses. In addition, the applicant will continue to track and measure the impact of Nevadas new laws on Nevadas rates of unlawful drug-seeking (doctor shopping) behaviors.