The PDMP Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) is pleased to announce the addition of Heather Gray to the staff. Many of you may know Ms. Gray from her previous work with the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL). Heather’s expertise with PDMPs and state laws/regulations will greatly enhance the support that TTAC can provide to all of our stakeholders.
The Pew Charitable Trusts Foundation released a report “Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: Evidence-based practices to optimize prescriber use”. The report focuses on prescribers’ utilization of the programs by examining eight (8) specific practices: prescriber use mandates, delegation, unsolicited reports, reporting frequency, PDMP enrollment, educational and promotional initiatives, health information technology integration, and enhanced user interface. The report details case studies from various PDMPs for each practice. Read the REPORT.
The 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2015. The new law authorizes $1 billion dollars over the next 2 years to for grants to states to supplement opioid abuse prevention and treatment activities, such as improving PDMPs, implementing prevention activities, training for healthcare providers, and expanding access to opioid treatment programs. Read the ACT.
The latest Monitoring the Future survey shows a steady decline of drug abuse by teenagers. The survey is conducted among 8th, 10th and 12th graders. The 2016 survey showed a decline to the lowest levels since the 1990s in the use of marijuana, alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs among teenagers. Read the PRESS RELEASE.
An Indiana state drug task force released its report this week and concluded that the state should treat drug abuse as a public health issue and not a criminal one. The Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention compiled a comprehensive report which includes treatment of HIV to treating inmates for substance abuse problems. Read the REPORT.
The National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL) issued a report on what they term as “novel psychoactive substances” (NPS). The report identifies a number of what is commonly known as synthetic or designer drugs. The report describes the federal and state scheduled NPS as well as those not yet scheduled. Read the REPORT.
The Boston Globe reported the results of a survey indicating that more than half of U.S. doctors are reducing the number of opioid prescriptions issued and almost 10% have altogether stopped prescribing opioids. However, more than one-third of the overall respondents indicated that the reduction in opioid prescribing has hurt patients with chronic pain. The information was obtained through a survey conducted by SERMO; a healthcare professional polling company. Read the ARTICLE.
The U.S Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration recently released the 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary. The report features a variety of information regarding transnational criminal organizations, gangs, and drugs of abuse. This strategic assessment is a comprehensive assessment of trafficking and abuse of illicit and prescription drugs threatening the United States. Read the REPORT