Florida’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) will collect dispensed controlled prescription drug medications information (schedule II-IV) to encourage safer use and reduce drug diversion. Florida’s PDMP reduces the chances for patients repeatedly diverting prescription drugs by allowing health care practitioners access to schedule II-IV records to see the drugs dispensed to their patients that are seven (7) days or older. The program also allows health care regulatory boards and law enforcement officials to rapidly investigate cases where diversion of controlled substances is suspected, but to do so requires an active investigation.The goals of Florida's PDMP are to:
- Support access to legitimate medical use of controlled substances
- Help identify and deter drug diversion and abuse
- Facilitate and encourage the identification, intervention and treatment of persons addicted to prescription drugs
- Educate citizens about the use, abuse and diversion of prescription drugs
Florida’s PDMP will be federally Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant and will meet additional security requirement set forth by the Department of Health that are more stringent than HIPPA requirements. Florida’s PDMP is not state-funded and the non-profit Florida PDMP Foundation, Inc. will conduct fund-raising to provide resources to the Florida Department of Health for the PDMP implementation and operations.
There are currently 44 states that have Prescription Monitoring Program laws. PDMPs are a promising mechanism for addressing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Florida’s PDMP is not a silver bullet for ending the prescription drug epidemic, but it is a critical tool to address this complex and worsening public health crisis.
Florida's PDMP Laws