Easing stringent regulations on pain management clinics, broadening access to medications for opioid use disorder, and expanding education, prevention, data collection, and funding to target fentanyl overdoses can help reverse this troubling trend.
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In an effort to address the very real and debilitating crisis caused by the misuse of pain medicines, the Texas Legislature has passed legislation to mandate that all prescribers and pharmacists check the state's Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) before prescribing or dispensing certain medications.
NOTE: The mandate became effective Sept. 1, 2019, for prescribers and pharmacists. It applies to opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and carisoprodol (Soma), not to all controlled substances.
To help physicians set up accounts and use the PMP website Allison Benz, executive director of the Texas Pharmacy Board. demonstrates the new site in this brief, informative TMA-produced video. This five-minute video shows physicians how to set up, use and navigate the site.
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The “opioid crisis” – deaths from opioid overdoses – persists and is worsening, and it is no longer mostly about prescription opioids.
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After increasing every year for more than a decade, annual opioid prescriptions in the United States peaked at 255 million in 2012 and then decreased to 191 million in 2017.
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