This LawAtlas map examines some of the characteristics of laws and regulations governing reporting requirements, database access, data retention, and penalties for unlawful disclosure of data for US prescription drug monitoring programs.

Prescription drug overdose is a leading cause of injury death in the United States, responsible for almost 15,000 deaths per year. Prescription monitoring programs collect patient-specific prescription information in centralized databases. Data are generated and transmitted to a central repository when a prescription for a controlled substance is dispensed.

The data for this map are curated by Corey Davis, JD, MSPH, staff attorney at the Network for Public Health Law Southern Region, as part of a PHLR-funded project.

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