WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Mississippi Board of pharmacy has received a $352,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to improve the states prescription drug monitoring program.
The grant is intended to go to improving the states ability to collect and analyze controlled substance prescription data. The award comes from the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
The program was created to prevent and reduce the abuse of prescription drugs in order to stop pharmaceutical crime.
“Most overdose deaths in Mississippi and other states are attributed to the abuse of prescription opioids or heroin use. This grant should help the state find the best monitoring and reporting practices to curb wrongful prescriptions and the abuse of these medications,” Senator Thad Cochran said.
in 2014 Mississippi began a prescription drug monitoring system for all licensed physicians who are able to prescribe, administer or dispense the controlled substances.