Prescription-drug monitoring saves lives, could save more

From Reuters:

State programs that monitor narcotic prescriptions help prevent 10 opioid-overdose deaths a day in the U.S., yet improvements could save another two people a day, a new study finds.

States with the most robust programs – ones that tracked a greater number of potentially addictive medications and updated their databases at least weekly – saw the biggest drops in overdose deaths, the research showed.

Implementing drug monitoring in all states and strengthening weaker programs could prevent another 600 opioid-overdose deaths this year, researchers calculated.

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