State Sees Opioid Prescriptions Declining

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the number of opioid prescriptions dispensed in Michigan is going down. LARA says the rate was down 15% in 2018 from 2017. It credits the drop with the recently-overhauled Michigan Automated Prescription System, or MAPS, which tracks controlled substance prescriptions. LARA Director Orlene Hawks says in a promotional video for MAPS that it’s useful to prescribers and pharmacists.

“Looking up patient history now only takes half a second or less,” Hawks said. “Health professionals can view accurate, real-time patient data to identify risks and treatments while being proactive through prevention.”

The state notes the drop in opioid prescriptions happened at the same time as a 134% increase in MAPS registrations. The system also can catch doctors who overprescribe. LARA says as opioid prescriptions dropped, the overall number of schedule 2 through 5 controlled substance prescriptions also decreased by 11.5%. Governor Gretchen Whitmer says MAPS has played a “critical role” in both combating the opioid epidemic in Michigan.

You can learn more about MAPs with the below video.