Dr. Anahi Ortiz, Franklin County Coroner, is committed to drawing attention to opioid overdose deaths, and TV 10 Columbus to reporting it, and rightly so, it’s a plague of a different kind. But something is missing from the regular updates and that’s data from Ohio’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Since 2010 Ohio has collected data on every controlled substance prescribed and sold in the state, at a cost of just over $1 billion a year to taxpayers. Yet no data is cross-referenced against these overdose deaths to tell Ohioans how many of these deaths come from prescription medication. Now after reducing prescribing by more than 30%, we’re starting to see where those overdose deaths are coming from, illegal and illicit opioids sold on the street. It may be an indirect inference, but these numbers don’t lie unless those behind them are lying to us.
In Part 3 we looked at prevailing attitudes and beliefs regarding the use of opioids in medicine vs abuse and addiction. In Part 4 we’ll look at the impact law enforcement has had on physician practice and care for patients as well as some unusual requirements found for patient contracts used in pain management.
Medical Boards and Physician Practice Poll 2019 –In Part 3 we look at perceptions around the use of opioids in medicine vs abuse and addiction.
Part 2 results for Medical Boards and Physician Practice poll 2019 looks at responses from patrons to questions on how state medical boards have impacted physicians and patients when treating chronic pain conditions.
CERGM conducted a poll for patients and healthcare providers on the topics of physician practice, medical boards and law enforcement. The results from the poll in published in three posts.