Journal Article

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. JAMA surgery. 2018;153:1105-1110.

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.