The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. In 2016, more than 42,000 people died of opioid overdoses and recent estimates put the cost of the opioid epidemic in excess of $500 billion annually.
States are taking steps to address this widespread tragedy at its root cause: opioid prescribing. However, the whos, whats, whys and hows of these key strategies vary widely across the country.
This report was designed to help stakeholders understand the details and complexities of what how states are handling opioid prescriptions. Updated through January 15, 2018, Fighting the Opioid Epidemic at the State- and Rx-Level focuses on the range of state responses to the opioid epidemic.
The 33-page report includes details of state responses to opioid prescribing organized around three main trends: 1) prescribing, 2) curbing fraud and abuse, and 3) preventing and treating addiction.
The analyses are supplemented with 12 figures, including state maps indicating required consultation of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) by prescribers and dispensers. A third map focuses on states that have mandated electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) or proposed doing so.
Specific details are summarized in two Appendices. Appendix A provides a state-by-state overview of controlled substance rules and limits. Appendix B highlights controlled substance mid-level prescribing authorities.
This January 2018 report has new and detailed data on state responses to opioid prescribing. Among the major findings:
Want to learn more? Click here for a report preview. POCP’s Regulatory Resource Center also can do a deep dive on this and other state prescribing-related issues. For more information, contact Connie Sinclair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This new, first-of-its-kind report from Point-of-Care Partners (POCP) explains overarching trends across the states on opioid prescribing and provides the latest summary details on a state-by-state basis.
The analyses are based on original research and data collection by Point of Care Partners (POCP) in late 2017 by POCP’s Regulatory Research Center. The Report’s content also was informed by POCP’s nationally recognized expertise in electronic prescribing, health information technology and eMedication management.
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