DOD signing up states for nationwide PDMP: 5 things to know

Jackie Drees - Print  | 

The DOD has enrolled nine states in its nationwide prescription drug monitoring program, an initiative to address addiction and reduce the illegal transfer of opioids within the military population, according to

Five things to know:

1. The Defense Health Agency aims to establish agreements with the 49 states and numerous territories enrolled in the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy's Prescription Monitoring Program Interconnect System, which is designed to monitor prescriptions for restricted drugs on a national scale.

2. The DHA said that its Military Health System PDMP will track controlled substances, although the agency did not specify which medications would be shared. Through the MHSPDMP, DHA providers will also have access to prescription information for military patients that is written by civilian physicians.

3. "The [MHSPDMP] will allow civilian and military providers to review patient opioid prescription histories to ensure there are no overlapping opioid prescriptions that can worsen an opioid use disorder or cause an overdose," Navy Vice Amd. Raquel Bono, DHA director, said in a news release cited by

4. States currently participating in the MHSPDMP include Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Idaho, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina and parts of Colorado. Puerto Rico also has enrolled.

5. DHA officials said they intend to sign agreements with the remaining 40 states that participate in the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy's Prescription Monitoring Program Interconnect System, as well as the District of Columbia and Guam, according to the report.

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