Role of the PDMP

PDMP professionals, you are essential in the fight against prescription drug abuse. The data collected by your agencies helps both law enforcement and health care professionals reduce the diversion of controlled substances. This area of the Web site is designed to help PDMP professionals learn about the other stakeholders involved in fighting this epidemic. It is important that each group involved learn about each other and work together to combat this growing problem.

Encourage physicians and pharmacists in your state to educate their patients about protecting their prescriptions. Click here for a flyer (in pdf format) that you can easily print and distribute.

Role of the Substance Abuse Treatment Community

State treatment systems are the state agencies that coordinate efforts to help individuals and communities with problems related to the abuse of drugs and alcohol. These agencies are the likely place for physicians, pharmacists or PDMPs to refer people for treatment.

Successful treatment may need to incorporate several components including detoxification, various types of counseling, and pharmacological therapies.  Because no single type of treatment is appropriate for all individuals, treatment must take into account the type of drug used and the needs of the individual. It is important to remember that multiple courses of treatment are often needed for a patient to fully recover.

Treatment helps people reclaim their lives and become contributing members of society. Providing drug abuse treatment improves life for everyone by making our communities safer and reducing society’s financial burden of caring for people with an addiction.

Learn more about substance abuse addiction and treatment

Contact the substance abuse treatment system in your community


Role of Physicians

An estimated 70 percent of Americans (approximately 191 million people) visit their primary care physician at least once every two years. This puts the doctors in an extraordinary position to care for their patients not only by prescribing needed medications, but also by identifying prescription drug abuse when it exists, helping patients recognize abuse problems, and supporting patients in seeking appropriate treatment. Research shows that by discussing problems, physicians can have a powerful effect on a patient’s willingness to address addiction.12

Through collaboration between all the systems involved, physicians become better equipped prevent doctor shopping and assist patients in finding appropriate treatment.

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Collaboration is Crucial

Because the prescription drug abuse epidemic is growing so quickly, it is important for many different systems to come together now. How can your agency work with the other stakeholders in your state? Begin by learning about and contacting other agencies in your area. Use the CONNECT state systems map to learn about the treatment system in your state. Work with local medical associations and hospitals to provide assistance and education to physicians and pharmacists in your region. Take the first step to CONNECT!

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