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PDMPs are linked with sustained reductions in opioid prescribing by physicians

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Implementing a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) led to a more than 30% reduction in the prescribing rate of Schedule II opioids, according to a new study. The reduction occurred immediately after the launch of PDMPs in 24 states, and the rate was maintained in the second and third years.

Implementing a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) led to a more than 30% reduction in the prescribing rate of Schedule II opioids, according to a new study. The reduction occurred immediately after the launch of PDMPs in 24 states, and the rate was maintained in the second and third years. However, the programs only had limited effects on overall opioid prescribing and prescribing of non-opioid analgesics. The researchers conclude that further study is needed, but "increased use of these programs and the adoption of new policies and practices governing their use may have contributed to sustained effectiveness."

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