Federal Government Continues to Tighten Regulations on Prescription Drug Tracking

epcsAs part of the concentrated effort to reduce prescription drug abuse, the Federal Government has continued to exercise its authority over the pharmaceutical companies and the regulations that doctors and pharmacists must adhere to in order to prescribe controlled substances such as painkillers. The idea is that while some people genuinely need a prescription for pain medication, many people continue to abuse the pills that often lead to a heroin addiction. Four years ago the DEA instituted Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS), which allows doctors and pharmacies to prescribe and monitor prescription painkillers entirely online.

Currently, 6.5 million American people over the age of 12 report that they abuse prescription painkillers. Of the 41,300 people who die from drug overdoses, half of them passed away because of their abuse of prescription pain medication.

When the DEA created an online forum for pharmacists and doctors to monitor medications and their patients, the idea was to have better control on how many prescriptions were being written and to whom. While the effort has taken some time to get off the ground, experts believe that the DEA is going to make a push for all pharmacists and doctors to participate in the online program, and New York seems to be leading the way.

Many states have their own version of prescription monitoring already in place, however most states claim that it would be more effective if more doctors and pharmacists utilized the tool. The goal is that any doctor or pharmacist can log into the system and verify that a patient is not doctor shopping or drug seeking

Another advantage of writing prescriptions online is that it much harder for an addict to forge a prescription, or steal a prescription pad. Prescription theft has been an ongoing problem that the Federal Government has been involved with policing for many years. By creating electronic prescriptions there is less of a chance that an addict or dealer would have the ability to alter or steal the prescription.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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