Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) are state-run electronic programs that include a patient’s schedule 2 – 4 prescriptions. This information is then available to the patient’s physician and pharmacists. PDMPs are among the most promising state-level interventions to improve painkiller prescribing, inform clinical practice, and protect patients at risk. They can identify early signs of addiction, such as doctor-shopping, and can prevent doctors from accidentally prescribing a drug that could be lethal in combination with another drug the patient is taking.

PDMPs Save Lives

• More than 600 lives would be saved each year if every state had a robust PDMP. (Vanderbilt University Study)
PDMPs help identify patients who “doctor shop,” who are seven times more likely to die of opioid overdose than those who do not. 
• PDMPs can alert doctors to patients who may have been prescribed a deadly combination of drugs. For instance, taking an opioid like Vicodin and a benzodiazepine like Xanax quadruples the risk of overdose. (John Hopkins Study)
• Kentucky was the first state to require prescribers use their PDMP. In the first year, opioid prescriptions fell by 9 percent. New York saw a 9% decline in prescriptions. (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis University)
• Every one percentage point reduction in opioids prescribed for chronic pain will result in an approximate 1%-1.2% reduction in overdose deaths. 

Despite all the evidence that PDMPs save lives, Missouri is the only state in the nation without one.
Holly Rehder, state representative, 148th District paid for by friends of Holly Rehder, Lisa Neumeyer, Treasurer
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