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Report shows positive steps in opioid epidemic fight

Release Date: November 1, 2016
Contact: Kendi Parvin - 608.442.3748 kendi.parvin@wismed.org

The statement below is attributable to Wisconsin Medical Society Chief Medical Officer Donn Dexter, MD, regarding today’s Controlled Substances Board Report showing 8.2 million fewer opioids dispensed in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the previous year:

“Wisconsin’s collaborative effort to fight the opioid epidemic is already showing results in the latest data. With a nearly 10 percent drop in both the number of opioid prescriptions written and the amount of opioids dispensed to patients over a three-month period, Wisconsin physicians have stepped up their scrutiny in what’s best for patient care. Our partnership with state government, law enforcement and other health care groups is showing how Wisconsin can win this fight.

“The Report also shows there is important work still to be done. There is frustration over the difficulties physicians encounter when using the current Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – we continue to look forward to the roll-out of the new ‘enhanced’ PDMP. We also have yet to see the effectiveness of next year’s requirement that prescribers check a patient’s PDMP information before prescribing many drugs.

“If we want to keep building upon our initial improvements, we must continue the strong partnership that is unique to Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Medical Society is committed to providing physicians’ expertise into that collaboration on this critical issue.”

(The Controlled Substances Board Report is available here.)

With more than 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.