Send to

Choose Destination
Am J Public Health. 2015 Nov;105(11):e9-e11. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302856. Epub 2015 Sep 17.

Overdose Epidemic, Prescription Monitoring Programs, and Public Health: A Review of State Laws.

Author information

Corey S. Davis is with the Network for Public Health Law-Southeastern Region, Carrboro, NC. Jill E. Johnston is with the Division of Environmental Health, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Matthew W. Pierce is an independent consultant based in Washington, DC.


Prescription monitoring programs (PMPs), state-level databases that collect patient-specific prescription information at the time medications are dispensed, have been suggested as tools to address the overdose epidemic. We reviewed all laws in the United States (nā€‰=ā€‰25) that articulated the purposes PMPs are intended to serve. Attributes related to reducing abuse, misuse, and diversion of prescription medications appeared most commonly. Only 5 purpose statements mentioned the promotion of public health as goals of the PMP, and only 3 listed improving health care. None listed overdose prevention as a goal of the PMP.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Atypon Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center