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September 1 marks a big day in the implementation of our community’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
Pharmacies will begin collecting dispensing data of controlled medications for daily upload into the secure database system on Friday, and registration for prescribers to use that same system begins as well.
Information on how prescribers can register for access to the database is athttp://health.springfieldmo.gov/PDMP
The entire program goes live—meaning prescribers can access dispensing data—on October 1.
City and county leaders recognized the debilitating impact opioid misuse and overdose were having in the Greene County area and approved the implementation of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). This software will give doctors and other prescribers a tool to talk to their patients about safe use of opioid painkillers as well as a way to deter doctor shopping: going from doctor to doctor to overuse opioids.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department and the Healthy Living Alliance strongly recommended the implementation of a community PDMP as the first step in combating the growing opioid epidemic.
“While a PDMP is not the only answer to the opioid crisis impacting our community and our nation, this is an important first step to intervene and stem the tide,” said Clay Goddard, Assistant Director of Health for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
Since 1999, overdose deaths in the U.S. have quadrupled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Today, International Overdose Awareness Day, CDC released its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report focused on the opioid crisis. A link to that report is available here.
Locally, Greene County opioid overdoses have similarly grown, from a rate of 8.6 deaths per 100,000 in 2000 to 31.6 deaths per 100,000 in 2015.
The Healthy Living Alliance, an organization aimed to make healthier living a priority in Springfield by bringing together representatives from local business, government, nonprofit and health care industries, is focused on improving community health through systems and policy change.
For more information, contact Springfield-Greene County Health Department Public Information Administrator Kathryn Wall at 417-874-1205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.