Oregon Audit Wins National Award – Report Exposed Poor Prescription Monitoring

Oxycodone is the generic name for a range of opoid pain killing tablets. Prescription bottle for Oxycodone tablets and pills

The Oregon Secretary of State announced the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, or PDMP, won the Excellence in Accountability Award from the National State Auditors Association. 

“The Audits Division has a history of award-winning work and continues to improve with timely and ambitious audits,” said Secretary of State Bev Clarno. “It is no surprise to me that our auditors have been given this prestigious award for the third time, the audits team is an exceptional group of public servants.” State auditors have won this award in 2015 and 2018, and now in 2019, for their work in 2018. 

The auditors found in 2018 that Oregon’s laws prevent the implementation of multiple best-practices followed in other states.  

According to an announcement from the Secretary of State’s office: “Oregon’s PDMP collects less information, is used less effectively, and does not allow key stakeholders reasonable access to information. Using PDMP data, auditors found prescriptions written for excessive amounts of drugs, dangerous drug combinations, and numerous instances of a practice known as doctor shopping for opioids.”  

The 2018 audit report that exposed and identified limitations in the state’s prescription drug monitoring program is available on the state’s website: “Constraints on Oregon’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Limit the State’s Ability to Help Address Opioid Drug Misuse and Abuse.”   

By Sam Sied