By: Shannon Persad
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New Jersey’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Will Be Enhanced to Prevent Opioid Abuse
NJ’s Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the Division of Consumer Affairs, and the New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (“NJ CARES”) has announced enhancements are coming up to the state’s prescription monitoring program, to prevent opioid addiction further.
According to the official press release on NJCares.gov:
“New Jersey prescribers and pharmacists can now track patients’ use of controlled dangerous substances (“CDS”) on a new NJ PMP platform that automatically examines the data on file, analyzes it, and generates an interactive, patient-centered report with visual enhancements – including patient risk alerts – to ensure that patients are not being overprescribed opioid pain medications that can lead to addiction, overdose, and death.”
New Jersey’s Opioid Crisis
New Jersey has experienced the opioid crisis in full force, with overdose deaths increasing every year.
On NJCARES.gov, there suspected overdose deaths have decreased for the first time since 2015, at 3,021 suspected overdoses, as opposed to last year’s number at 3,118.
Source: NJCares.gov front page
The numbers are not confirmed, however, but if it remains this way, New Jersey would have seen a slight improvement.
Recently, a report from The Washington Post gathered data from the DEA’s ARCOS database and revealed how many opioids were in each state from 2006 to 2012. It was revealed that 1.5 billion opioids made its way to NJ during that time. Luckily, NJ’s prescription rate has gone down every year since the PMP has been implemented. With the addition of new enhancements, there is a positive outlook on the future of fighting prescription drug abuse.
NJ has been fighting the opioid crisis by also using grants to fund state programs across counties. Recently NJ provided $7.4 million to county jails, with the hope that those who are released will get treatment for opioid addiction both during their sentence and after. Lawmakers believe it will reduce the chances of someone abusing drugs after they are released.
If you or someone you know is suffering from opioid addiction in New Jersey, seek professional help today by calling ATSI Rehab at (855)-498-2121.