Senior Drug Policy Officer (IPA)
The Data-Driven Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Reducing Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse category of funding available through the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring grant program reflects the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) commitment to supporting multi-disciplinary collaboration and enhanced data sharing and analysis to inform decision-making. Opioid abuse is a multi-faceted problem that requires strong partnerships between public health officials, prescribers and pharmacies, law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, substance abuse treatment providers, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP), community coalitions, and prevention experts. The program emphasizes collaboration and comprehensive strategies to combating and reducing prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 120 people died every day from drug overdoses in America in 2013.
PDMPs are an effective tool to reduce prescription drug abuse, providing prescribers with critical information that can be used to improve patient care. Increasing PDMP efficiencies, measuring effectiveness and promoting best practices is a high priority.
Encouraging the medical community to learn the signs and symptoms of problematic drug use and practice safe prescribing behavior is an important component of a comprehensive prevention and intervention strategy.
Any strategy to combat opiate abuse would be incomplete and ineffective unless individuals with substance abuse disorders have access to effective substance abuse treatment.