Endorse the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Guideline for Opioid Prescribing
When followed, the guideline would improve communication between clinicians and patients about the benefits and risks of using prescription opioids for chronic pain; provide safer, more effective care for patients with chronic pain; and help reduce opioid use disorder and overdose.
Require E-prescribing (e-Rx) for Controlled Substances
E-prescribing has been shown to dramatically reduce medication errors and fraud, yet until 2010 the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) barred its use for controlled substances. E-prescribing controlled substances would help prevent drugstore shopping, enable better prescription tracking, and reduce fraud.
Improve and Integrate State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) and Require Prescribers to Check PDMPs
State governments should make their PDMP (State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs) databases more easily accessible, more user-friendly, and better integrated across the country, and also make the data accurate in real time. The goal would be to create prescriber, pharmacist, and insurer access to real-time data.