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Association of the use of a mandatory prescription drug monitoring program with prescribing practices for patients undergoing elective surgery.

Stucke RS, Kelly JL, Mathis KA, et al. Association of the Use of a Mandatory Prescription Drug Monitoring Program With Prescribing Practices for Patients Undergoing Elective Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2018;153(12):1105-1110. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.2666.

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September 5, 2018
Stucke RS, Kelly JL, Mathis KA, et al. JAMA Surg. 2018;153(12):1105-1110.

Many states are implementing prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) in an attempt to curb the ongoing opioid epidemic. This single-center study examined the effect of a New Hampshire policy that mandates clinicians use a PDMP and an opioid risk assessment tool prior to prescribing opioids. No impact was found on overall opioid prescribing rates. However, a recent state-level analysis found that states who implemented a PDMP had lower opioid prescribing rates compared to states without PDMPs. A PSNet perspective discussed the factors that contributed to the opioid epidemic and proposed solutions.

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Stucke RS, Kelly JL, Mathis KA, et al. Association of the Use of a Mandatory Prescription Drug Monitoring Program With Prescribing Practices for Patients Undergoing Elective Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2018;153(12):1105-1110. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.2666.