Walmart pharmacies becomes first in Connecticut to integrate data with drug-monitoring effort

Walmart has integrated the electronic records of more than 30 of its pharmacies in Connecticut with the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. The program ramped up in recent years in response to the worsening crisis of abuse and addiction to prescription opioids and illegal drugs such as heroin and fentanyl.

Walmart has integrated the electronic records of more than 30 of its pharmacies in Connecticut with the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. The program ramped up in recent years in response to the worsening crisis of abuse and addiction to prescription opioids and illegal drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. New laws passed by the legislature have expanded the scope of the program in an attempt to bring down overprescribing of opioids. Data collected through the program have shown opioid prescriptions dropping between 2015 and 2017 from just over 2.6 million to almost 2.2 million. Officials with the Department of Consumer Protection, which oversees the program, said the integration of Walmart pharmacies' records with the state data collection system would allow pharmacists to access patients' prescription records more efficiently. Walmart also announced in May that it would start restricting first-time acute opioid prescriptions to no more than 7 days' worth of medicine. Walmart is the first pharmacy operator to integrate its records with the program but a Department of Consumer Protection spokeswoman said officials expect more companies to integrate soon.