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NCJ Number: 249633 Find in a Library
Title: The Use of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program To Develop Algorithms To Identify Providers With Unusual Prescribing Practices for Controlled Substances
Journal: Journal of Primary Prevention  Volume:36  Issue:5  Dated:October 2015  Pages:287-299
Author(s): C. Ringwalt; S. Schiro; M. Shanahan; S. Proescholdbell; H. Meder; A. Austin; N. Sachdeva
Date Published: October 2015
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2012-R2-CX-0002
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using one State’s prescription drug monitoring program, this study describes a series of metrics developed to identify providers manifesting unusual and uncustomary prescribing practices; and it then presents the results of a preliminary effort to assess the concurrent validity of these algorithms, using death records from the State’s vital records database pertaining to providers who wrote prescriptions to patients who then died of a medication or drug overdose within 30 days.
Abstract: Metrics manifesting the strongest concurrent validity with providers identified from these records related to those who co-prescribed benzodiazepines (e.g., valium) and high levels of opioid analgesics (e.g., oxycodone), as well as those who wrote temporally overlapping prescriptions. The report concludes with a discussion of a variety of uses to which these metrics may be put, as well as problems and opportunities related to their use. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Investigative techniques; Mathematical modeling; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Nonprescription Drug Abuse; Opioids; Prescription drugs; Suspect identification
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