Unintentional fatalities because of prescription medications are an increasing problem in Utah and the United States. In response to this crisis of drug-related harm, the state government of Utah has undertaken several regulatory changes including promulgating guidelines for opioid prescribing and mandating that providers register to use the online portal for access to the Utah Controlled Substances Database (CSD), a registry of all filled prescriptions for schedule II-V drugs. This study aims to evaluate the impact of three regulations on prescribing patterns, use of the online system to access the CSD and adverse drug events.
Grant Number: 6369
Funding Date: Tue, 11/15/2011
Researching Institution: University of Utah
Researcher: Christina Porucznik, PhD, MSPH; Brian Sauer, PhD