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Journal Article
Study

State policies for prescription drug monitoring programs and adverse opioid-related hospital events.

Wen K, Johnson P, Jeng PJ, et al. Med Care. 2020;58(7):610-616.

This study examined claims data from 2011 to 2015 to assess the impact of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) policies on opioid-related Emergency Department (ED) visits or inpatient admissions among patients prescribed opioids. Comprehensive use mandates were associated with a significant reduction in the probability of ED visits or inpatient admissions; the impact was greater among older patients. Delegate laws and interstate data sharing were associated with nonsignificant reductions in ED visits or inpatient admissions.