In recent years, the opioid abuse epidemic has taken center stage in the United States. From stories in local newspapers, to nuanced discussions about the best policy solutions Washington can offer, it seems most people are in some way aware of the current crisis. One of the most effective methods used to combat the rise in narcotic-related overdoses has been the implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) by 49 of 50 states. These systems help to track controlled substances – who is prescribing them, who is receiving them, how much is prescribed and how often, etc. While there is a lot of emphasis on the role physicians play in PDMPs being a meaningful tool, an important member of the healthcare team is often overlooked – the pharmacist.
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