The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) partnered with WHA to host roundtables across the state to discuss Wisconsin’s enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (ePDMP), including an event at Black River Memorial Hospital August 9.
More than 20 hospital and clinic leaders and clinicians, Jackson County law enforcement officers, medical examiners, and county service providers welcomed DSPS Secretary Laura Gutierrez and ePDMP Deputy Director Sarah Bradley to discuss this tool in the State’s arsenal to combat the opioid abuse epidemic. ePDMP data shows a 10% reduction in opioid prescriptions dispensed in the last 12 months; however, with the number of overdose visits to Wisconsin hospitals tripling since 2010, there is more work to be done. Bradley noted, “Wisconsin’s ePDMP is unique because it’s homegrown and we can improve the tool based on user feedback to make sure it is a resource that is easier to use in daily practice and it fits into workflows.” Feedback and questions from the group demonstrated the expertise and experience clinical users have gained. Secretary Guitierrez shared her appreciation, noting “The best part of these roundtables has been the interaction of community partners, like those of you here tonight, which has given us insights into the benefits and opportunities for ePDMP, which we would not otherwise have.”