Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse

Improve Monitoring and Surveillance

Monitoring refers to a continuous, dynamic process of data collection and analysis. Surveillance is an extension of monitoring in which collected data is utilized and the appropriate steps are taken to address the issue. Improved monitoring and surveillance includes greater awareness and use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) by physicians, pharmacists, law enforcement agencies, and others. If used properly, PDMPs are one tool to help reduce prescription drug misuse, abuse, and diversion. State licensing boards can also adopt rules to establish standards and protocols in the prescribing of controlled substances.

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