While research on the success of PDMPs nationwide is mixed, the PDMP has led to a 20 percent drop in opioid prescriptions in Pennsylvania, according to the state’s health department.
But Dr. Kit Delgado at the University of Pennsylvania’s Emergency Department says it can work the other way, too.
Often, when a patient is in acute pain, a doctor may think that an opioid prescription is the appropriate course of treatment. But the physician may hesitate to write that prescription if he or she believes there could be any risk for misuse. With the PDMP, Delgado said doctors can feel more comfortable writing the prescription with a clear conscience.”
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