The opioid epidemic is a public health emergency in the USA with opioid prescriptions a contributing factor. To combat it, accurate, comprehensive, and timely, data-driven solutions are needed. This study compares the traditional CDC reporting of opioid prescription rates to the Prescription Monitoring Program in Louisiana. Database comparison demonstrated a 16% difference on opioid prescription rates reporting for the entire state and greater than 100% discrepancy in 11 of 64 (17%) of Louisiana’s counties.

Learning Objective: 1. Understand the current manner in which opioid prescription rates are reported by the CDC and potential limitations for your state.
2. Learn the benefits of and how to use the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) for more accurate, comprehensive, and timely data for addressing the opioid epidemic in your state.


Esteban Gershanik (Presenter)
Brigham and Women's Hospital

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