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Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: Evidence-based Practices to Optimize Prescriber Use.

Pew Charitable Trusts; Institute for Behavioral Health; Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Drug monitoring systems can help track opioid prescription activity to mitigate the opioid crisis. Highlighting the value of these state-sponsored programs to reduce overprescribing, this report recommends eight practices to optimize the use of prescription drug monitoring programs and review state adoption of them. The strategies include simplifying the prescriber enrollment process and integrating health information technology.