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State PDMPs Alone Are Not Enough to Address the Opioid Epidemic—So What Is the Answer?


First, the good news: Opioid prescribing is at a 10-year low. The bad news? Overdose deaths are still at an all time high. While tracking the dispensing of controlled substances is a critical piece of the puzzle, it is simply not enough to reduce substance abuse disorders. According to this recent Health Data Management article, Questions Swirl on the Utility of current PDMP role in opioid crisis,“these databases need to be better integrated into clinical workflows…
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