St. Louis County’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program(PDMP) has just completed its first year of operations and is already a valuable tool in battling opioid addiction across the state.
A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program creates a confidential database of certain drug prescriptions that can be viewed only by physicians and pharmacists. The database helps ensurethat patients aren’t “doctor shopping” to receive multiple opioid prescriptions. The goals of a PDMP are:
- improve opioid prescribing by providing critical information regarding a patient’scontrolled substance prescription history,
- inform clinical practice by identifying patients at high-risk who would benefit from early interventions, and
- reduce the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose while making sure patients have access to safe, effective pain management.
Since its inception, St. Louis County’s PDMP has produced actionable monthly and quarterly data for all 59 participating jurisdictions across the state. At a press conference Tuesday, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger will be joined by medical service providers to update the latest information on the program, talk about the data from the PDMP (including local statistics), and explain what the numbers mean.
WHAT: Media Briefing on PDMP One-Year Anniversary
WHERE: St. Louis County Executive’s Office, 41 South Central, Clayton, MO, 63105WHEN: May 1, 2018 at 10 a.m.
WHO: Steve Stenger, St. Louis County Executive
Faisal Khan, St. Louis County Department of Public Health Director
Amy M. Teimeier, Pharmacist and Associate Professor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy