Best practices for pharmacies to help reduce controlled substance abuse

Since the state of Kentucky launched its prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), KASPER, its rank among states with the highest non-medical use of prescription painkillers dropped from second to thirty-first place, a drop largely attributed to its monitoring program.

Kentucky’s All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting System is regarded by many as the “gold standard” for state PDMPs.

In this recorded webinar, Pharmacist Consultant/ Investigator with the Office of Inspector General in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Amanda J. Ward, PharmD, RPh, CGP, shares how their program operates and how PDMPs can be utilized to address the controlled substance abuse issue. Also learn how you can pinpoint characteristics of doctor shoppers, questionable prescribing, and “pill mills” in order to more effectively reduce controlled substance abuse in your own pharmacy.

Discussion topics in webinar:

  • Scope and trends of prescription drug abuse
  • Characteristics of “pill mills” and doctor shoppers
  • Corresponding responsibility of the pharmacist regarding questionable prescribing
  • Goals and features of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs)
  • Status of state PDMPs
    Resources and solutions – differences between state and federal regulations

Amanda Ward, PharmD, CGP, Consultant Pharmacist/Investigator, Drug Enforcement & Professional Practices Branch, Office of Inspector General, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Dr. Amanda Ward is a consultant pharmacist and investigator with the Drug Enforcement and Professional Practices Branch of the Office of Inspector General in Kentucky. Dr. Ward graduated cum laude from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 2008, and completed a PGY-1 residency with an emphasis in community care at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy in 2009. Dr. Ward has practiced in long term care pharmacy, consulting pharmacy, and community pharmacy before coming to work at the Office of Inspector General in September 2012.

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