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NASCIO All States Call: State Collaboration and Information Sharing to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse and Diversion

  • January 2010
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Prescription drug abuse and diversion has become a problem of epidemic proportion. In 16 states, drug related deaths now exceed deaths resulting from motor vehicle accidents; and an increasing number of those deaths are related to prescription drugs such as opioid analgesics (methadone, oxycodone, etc.). States are struggling to deal with the costs of prescription drug abuse and the law enforcement challenges with criminals who cross state lines on a regular basis to obtain drugs for abuse and diversion.

In response to the problem, 33 states have implemented Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) and 7 more have enacted legislation to create a program in order to improve public health and safety. However states with programs can only track data on prescriptions dispensed within their state, which can severely limit the ability of health care providers and law enforcement to gather all the information that is needed for appropriate patient medical treatment and for thorough drug investigations.

NASCIO All States Innovations Forum on January 12th, 2010:
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET

The objective of this forum is to provide information on the Prescription Monitoring Information Exchange (PMIX) project. The PMIX project is an exciting collaboration of participating states with support from federal agencies, to utilize technology and standards including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) to implement a solution that will allow for efficient and cost effective sharing of PDMP data among states.

Opening remarks:

  • Doug Robinson, NASCIO Executive Director, will be the host for this call.
  • Donna Roy, Executive Director, National Information Exchange Model, Applied Technology, Office of the CIO, Department of Homeland Security


  • Danna E. Droz, Prescription Monitoring Program Administrator for the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy with primary responsibility for the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS).
  • David Hopkins, Program Manager for the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) system.
  • Scott Serich, Senior Project Manager leading the Project Management Center of Excellence at the IJIS Institute, Project Manager for the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)/IJIS Institute Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Information Exchange (PMIX) Project.

The audio is approximately 66 minutes and includes questions submitted by registrants.


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