Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: Evolution and Evidence.

Weiner J; Bao Y; Meisel Z; Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Penn LDI; Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV; CHERISH.

Health care has been exploring a variety of strategies to mitigate the opioid epidemic. Exploring the current state of prescription drug monitoring programs as one approach to reduce the misuse of prescribed opioids, this issue brief discusses the role of provider and patient behaviors, the potential for mandates to increase monitoring, and integration of monitoring systems into electronic health record technologies as avenues to support improvement.