Utilization of Texas Prescription Monitoring Program: A Texas Pain Society White PaperThe United States currently has a prescription drug abuse epidemic (1). The unintentional lethal prescription overdoses (OD) has increased in proportion to opioid prescribing patterns (2). Opioids are the primary drug resulting in these preventable deaths. For each unintentional lethal prescription OD, 9 people are admitted for substance abuse treatment, 35 visit the emergency department, 161 people report drug abuse or dependency, and 461 individuals report non-medical use of opioid analgesics (1). Among the victims of lethal prescription OD, the rural and more impoverished counties, Medicaid populations, and mental illness are over represented (1, 2). Deaths from opioid prescriptions now exceeds deaths from cocaine and heroin combined (fig 1).
Prescription Drug Card
This program is being provided to you and your family to help lower your prescription drug cost. You will receive access to savings of up to 75% (discounts average roughly 30%) at more than 54,000 national and regional pharmacies. This program has “LOWEST PRICE” logic to guarantee that you get the best deal on your prescriptions. (You pay the lower of a discount off Average Wholesale Price-AWP, discount off MAC Pricing, or Pharmacy Promotional/Retail Price.)
Controlled Substance Log Books
The Texas Controlled Substance Act makes no differentiation between samples and medicine ordered from a drug wholesaler or pharmacy. ALL controlled substances must be accounted for in a log book (numbered and bound) in addition to entries in the patient’s medical chart.
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