Oregon’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Still Falling Short

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is falling short.

Secretary of State Shemia Fagan says an award winning audit back in 2018 laid out 12 recommendations to make the program better.

However in the last four years, only four recommendations have been fully implemented and three partially implemented, “And I will just say that’s not good enough. It’s just not.”

She says the reasoning behind the lack of implementation is that there are legislative changes that are needed, “So that’s why we’re here today, to call on state legislators to pass the bills for the Oregon Health Authority to implement the remaining recommendations…lives depend on it.”

Oregon has the nation’s highest rate of prescription opioid misuse.

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