Supporting Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is a statewide database containing dispensing information of controlled dangerous substances (CDS). The goal of a PDMP is to reduce the abuse, diversion or other illegal use of prescription medications without unduly restricting access to such products for patients with legitimate medical uses. As of November 2012, forty-three states have operational PDMPs, while seven more states and U.S. territories have enacted legislation to establish a PDMP and are in the process of doing so. Only one state, Missouri, has neither a PDMP nor pending legislation to establish one.

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