Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Testifies Before U.S. Senate Health Committee on the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
Between April 1 and June 30 of this year, Wisconsin saw 14.1% decrease in opioid prescriptions dispensed as compared to the first quarter of 2016
“We are proud to administer a program that has proven to be an effective tool in the fight against the opioid epidemic,” said DSPS Secretary Laura Gutiérrez. “Today, we welcome the opportunity to share with our partners in Washington, what makes Wisconsin a national leader in Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs.”
The WI ePDMP also includes a prescribing assessment tool that allows prescribers to evaluate their own prescribing practices in relation to other prescribers in their specialty through the Prescriber Metrics Report.
“The knowledge gained by prescribers through these self-assessment functionalities empowers them to maintain safe prescribing practices,” said Magermans.
Most recently, DSPS launched the WI ePDMP Public Statistics Dashboard, adding a public health component to the program by making dispensing, utilization, and law enforcement data readily available to the public with easy-to-use, interactive data visualizations. Notably, between April 1 and June 30 of this year, Wisconsin saw 14.1% decrease in opioid prescriptions dispensed as compared to the first quarter of 2016. For more information, visit pdmp.wi.gov/statistics.
Click here for a copy of Magermans’ full testimony.