PDMP Best and Promising Practices

Since 2010, multiple changes in state policy, including the implementation of Florida’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) in September 2011, have contributed to declines in the diversion rate, number of controlled substance prescriptions written, total prescription opioid volume, morphine milligram equivalents (MME) per transaction, and prescription opioid death rate.  Many state and government organizations are now focusing funds to analyze state PDMPs to understand prescribing behavior and to enhance PDMP use and best practices. University of Florida and Florida PDMP are working together to improve Florida PDMP by enhancing the PDMP’s ability to combat prescription drug abuse and diversion. Our work will evaluate the Florida PDMP’s current proactive reporting efforts to determine its effectiveness on reducing prescription drug abuse and diversion, understand the impact of proactive reporting on prescriber behaviors (e.g., change in prescribing patterns) and law enforcement (e.g., case disposition), and develop an advanced data analytics algorithm to create a risk-scoring mechanism to identify individuals at risk of controlled substances prescription drug abuse and diversion.