May 2013

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Oregon Health & Science University


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classify prescription drug abuse as the fastest growing drug problem in the United States (Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2011). According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2012) an estimated 52,000,000 people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs for non-medical use. The CDC reports that in 2007 there was one drug overdose death every 19 minutes in the United States (2012). In 2010, there were enough prescription painkillers prescribed in the US to medicate every adult around the clock for one month. One solution to decreasing prescription drug abuse is the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) nurse practitioners (NP)are educated in clinical prevention and population health thereby allowing them to effectively understand and be a change agent in clinical practice and policy improvement related to prescription drug abuse and use of PDMPs (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AANC], 2006). This project describes the literature on current utilization of PDMPs and one potential solution to increase use with an educational module created and implemented by a NP pursuing a DNP.




School of Nursing



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