Gutierrez Updates Optimist on State Program to Reduce Opioid Use
On November 1st, Laura Gutierrez spoke to the Sauk Prairie Optimist Club about the efforts of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (formerly the Department of Regulation and Licensing) about a new program designed to reduce the use of opioids in Wisconsin. In April, 2017, the department made the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) mandatory for all prescribers of controlled substances in Wisconsin. The changes require all 40,000 users to review patient drug history prior to prescribing a controlled substance. The purpose of the change was to help Wisconsin prescribers make more informed prescribing and dispensing decisions with regard to controlled substances, including opioids. The new system allows a physician or other prescriber to look at a patient's history of ordered drugs to ensure that drugs are not being received from multiple sources. Since the new mandatory system was implemented, the number of daily queries increased from 5,000 per weekday to more than 25,000. In addition, the number of opioid doses dispensed decreased by more 17.5 million doses in April – June 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. Secretary Gutierrez stated that the next phase of the program is to analyze the data collected for trends, outliers, or areas of best practices. The Department was awarded a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to hire analysts to turn the data into actionable information.
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