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Prescription Drug Monitoring

Also known as Pain Management, this program can help healthcare providers identify patients who are not taking their pain medications as directed. 

Prescription drug misuse occurs in all types of patients:

  • Patients who fail to follow their prescriber’s instructions
  • Patients who share their prescription drugs with friends and family
  • Patients who forget to report drugs prescribed by other physicians
  • Patients who mix their prescription drugs with substances of abuse or with other non-prescribed drugs
  • Drug diverters who share or sell drugs to others
  • Drug addicts who seek drugs for their own use
  • Doctor “shoppers” who seek duplicate pain prescriptions from multiple, unknowing physicians

Nearly three out of four people who misuse prescription pain medications are taking drugs that were prescribed for someone else.¹

¹SAMHSA, Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings. NSDUH Series H-41, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 11-4658. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2011.

Taking the following steps may help lessen your risk:

  • Conduct a psychological assessment on patients to include a screening for risk of addictive behaviors
  • Adopt a patient-physician opioid treatment agreement
  • Monitor Ohio’s state pharmacy database
  • Adhere to any local prescription drug management regulations
  • Regularly assess patients for adverse side effects, aberrant behavior, prescription drug treatment effects, and adherence to the prescription drug treatment through urine drug testing