Prescription Monitoring Program Laws Map

Prescription drug overdose is a leading cause of injury death in the United States, responsible for almost 15,000 deaths per year. Prescription monitoring programs(PMPs) collect patient-specific prescription information in centralized databases. Data are generated and transmitted to a central repository when a prescription for a controlled substance is dispensed.

Most research into the effectiveness of PMPs has treated the programs as homogenous, in part because no longitudinal database of PMP characteristics existed. However, the characteristics of these programs vary greatly between states and across time. Using public health law research methods we created this map to visually portray these differences. The map represents part of the data collection, the full data, protocol and codebook are available on the data page. 

This dataset explores Prescription Monitoring Programs laws from 1998 - 2011. To explore these laws use the query box below. 

Related Resources

CDC Vital Signs: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the US

National Conference of State Legislatures: Maximizing Use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws: Model Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Act

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Five states require prescribers to check the PMP before prescribing controlled substances to a patient.

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