PDMP provides the resources to prevent and reduces the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs and also to aid in investigations of pharmaceutical crime concerning controlled substances. Thirty six states now have operational PDMPs with an additional 12 states and Guam in the process of establishing PDMPs but they are not yet fully operational.
Under the BJA grant program, 12 awards were made in FY 2011 for states to use to implement or enhance a PDMP. Since the beginning of the grant program in FY 2001, grants have been awarded to 49 states and one U.S. territory to implement or enhance a PDMP. In FY 2012, the program is expanding to provide funding to Indian tribal governments. Grant funds can be used to:
Build a state-level data collection and analysis system • Enhance existing programs and use the data to identify drug abuse trends
- Participate in national evaluation efforts to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the PDMP • Encourage states to make improvements and implement programs
- Encourage collaboration with law enforcement, treatment professionals, the medical community, pharmacies, and regulatory boards
- Enable Indian tribal governments to share technological infrastructure in order to share PDMP data available from healthcare facilities
Go to www.bja.gov/Funding/129DMPSol.pdf for more information. The deadline to submit applications is May 8, 2012. Call the hotline at 1-800-518-4726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.