The Springfield City Council and Greene County Commission recently voted to implement a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program as the first step in combating the growing opioid epidemic in our community. Since 1999, overdose deaths in the U.S. have quadrupled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Locally, Greene County opioid overdoses have similarly grown, from a rate of 8.6 deaths per 100,000 in 2000 to 31.6 deaths per 100,000 in 2015.
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) serve an essential function in combating prescription drug abuse by collecting data from pharmacies on controlled substance prescriptions that have been dispensed, and making it available to authorized users by means of a secure, electronically-accessible database.
How to Register as a Pharmacist, Prescriber, or Delegate:
-Create an account using your name, DEA number, and NPI
-Upload your professional license as a validation document
-Verify your current e-mail address
Who should enroll?
Anyone who prescribes or dispenses medication in Springfield and Greene County, with the exception of the City of Republic. Physicians and pharmacists can also provide access to delegates—additional users who are authorized to request reports on the behalf of their supervisory provider.
The supervisory provider must also be enrolled. More specific information on who qualifies as a delegate is available at www.stlouisco.com/PDMP.