Rhode Island and Connecticut state health officials announced a new partnership Thursday, which will better allow them to track prescriptions filled in either state.
The two states have linked their prescription drug databases in hopes that sharing data will enable them to better identify patients trying to abuse painkillers. According to an article in the Providence Journal, R.I. officials are concerned that some patients are evading detection by visiting doctors and pharmacies in Connecticut in order to get prescription opioids like hydrocodone, the most-prescribed painkiller in that state.
Rhode Island Health Director Michael Fine said in a statement, “It is critically important for prescribers to sign-up for the PMP so they can consult the patient-specific data to check for any patterns that may indicate a substance abuse problem. Now that we have access to more data, we need to use it to help quell the pattern of over-prescribing opioids in Rhode Island.”