Family physicians group backs prescription drug monitoring

The American Academy of Family Physicians has come out in support of electronic prescription drug monitoring programs to help curb abuse. AAFP is pushing for all states to implement such monitoring, as well as an interstate exchange of registry information, among several other recommendations outlined. "There has been a significant increase in the use of opioid analgesics for pain control," the group said in a position paper. "There is a corresponding growth in the rate of abuse, misuse and overdose of these drugs. Paper (.pdf)

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