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Dentists Can Help Combat Patient Opioid Abuse

Learn how to register for and use the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
Nationally, the opioid epidemic has reached crisis proportions. The Medical Association of Georgia, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other groups are working to educate Georgia patients and clinicians on the risks and use of opioid medications. Dentists can do their part by registering for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

The PDMP is maintained by the Georgia Drug Narcotic Agency and allows enrolled healthcare providers to view a year-long history of a patient's filled prescriptions for controlled substances. (Routine medications, such as those for blood pressure, diabetes, and gastrointestinal issues, are not recorded in the PDMP.)

The PDMP is free and simply requires enrollment on the Georgia Drug Narcotic Agency website on the part of a dentist. Once registered, a dentist or dental hygienist can check the website if there is concern about a patient's prescription history.

Please keep in mind that a dentist or dental hygienist must only check the website for patients of record, and the information that is obtained via the website must be kept confidential. It is imperative that users maintain the confidentiality of all data and adhere to all legal requirements associated with utilizing the PDMP.

Every pharmacist who fills a prescription in Georgia for a controlled substance must enter certain information into the PDMP when the prescription is filled. That data includes a patient's name, date of birth, address, prescribing clinician, drug, dosage, date prescribed, and date filled. Unless he or she dispenses medication, a dentist does not need to enter any prescription information into the system.

PDMP User Manual (PDF)
Dentist PDMP Registration Form (PDF)
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