Wisconsin Medical Society: National report shows Wisconsin physicians’ dedication to fighting the opioid crisis

Wisconsin Medical Society: National report shows Wisconsin physicians’ dedication to fighting the opioid crisis

The American Medical Association “2019 Opioid Progress Report” details information on reducing the number of opioid prescriptions across the country. Nationally, use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) has increased 56 percent between 2017 and 2018.

Wisconsin is in the top 10 states for using this system designed to increase information on opioid prescribing for patients. The enhanced PDMP (ePDMP) is a tool accessible to multiple stakeholders including pharmacies, physicians and other healthcare professionals, law enforcement, and public health officials.

Registrations with our ePDMP has grown from 5,359 in 2014 to 53,227 in 2018. Use of the ePDMP with queries has grown from 227,049 in 2014 to 7,272,248 in 2018. “Wisconsin physicians continue to step up to the plate as strong partners in the efforts to reduce the opioid epidemic. Working with a variety of stakeholders, we are grateful for the continued bipartisan support and partnership for our patients,” said Dr. George Morris, President of the Wisconsin Medical Society.

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