Implement real-time prescription monitoring nationally to help stop opioid abuse.
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Opioid abuse has been declared a national emergency in the US. If nothing is done, it has been forecast as many as 650,000 people will die within the next decade. That's the equivalent to the entire city of Baltimore and exceeds cause of death relating to gun violence and road accidents. The US has the highest death rate per capita for opioid abuse globally.
Mandatory real-time prescription monitoring is part of the opioid crisis solution. It's already implemented and working in Australia. The first Australian state to implement the system went from the highest per capita using state to the lowest within one year, and has been directly attributed to lowering the mortality rate.
The system offers health professionals issuing prescriptions and pharmacists dispensing drugs real-time information to stop patients harming themselves. The system can identify patients who are "doctor shopping" or who have been flagged as high risk by health authorities before opioids are prescribed or dispensed.
Mandatory real-time prescription monitoring between doctors, pharmacists & health authorities nationally across the US will help save lives. For more information visit www.monitoropioidabuse.org
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