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“The policies examined were part of an extensive effort by stakeholders at local, state, and national levels to address potential excessive opioid prescribing and opioid abuse,” said John Ruser, president and CEO of WCRI. (Credit: Stock Footage, Inc./Adobe Stock) “The policies examined were part of an extensive effort by stakeholders at local, state, and national levels to address potential excessive opioid prescribing and opioid abuse,” said John Ruser, president and CEO of WCRI. (Credit: Stock Footage, Inc./Adobe Stock)

Must-access prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), which were developed to reign in excessive prescribing and potential abuse of opioids, have succeeded in reducing the amount of opioids prescribed to injured workers, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

PDMPs are legal requirements that health care providers access a state-level database with a patient’s prescription history before prescribing controlled substances under certain circumstances.

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Steve Hallo

Steve Hallo is an assistant editor with PC360 Group. Prior to his current position, Steve spent nearly a decade covering retail transformation, consumer trends, manufacturing issues and supply chain challenges impacting global CPG markets. He can be reached at [email protected], and on LinkedIn and Twitter.  

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