“State programs that monitor narcotic prescriptions help prevent 10 opioid-overdose deaths a day in the U.S., yet improvements could save another two people a day, a new study finds.
States with the most robust programs – ones that tracked a greater number of potentially addictive medications and updated their databases at least weekly – saw the biggest drops in overdose deaths, the research showed.
Implementing drug monitoring in all states and strengthening weaker programs could prevent another 600 opioid-overdose deaths this year, researchers calculated.
“Prescription drug-monitoring programs are a public health tool to ensure that we’re using opioids appropriately but limiting the negative health impacts we see in almost every community in the United States,” lead author Dr. Stephen W. Patrick said in a phone interview.”
The article abstract is available at: http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/35/7/1324
The article is available for purchase at: http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/35/7/1324.full
Source: Fox News Health – July 8, 2016