Iowa Public Health Data

IDPH Research Agenda - Prescription Monitoring Program

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About this Topic: IDPH and the State of Iowa Legislature have identified substance abuse, and specifically opioids, as a major public health issue. Nationally, the opioid crisis has been declared a national emergency. Due to demographic factors, such as rurality, and access to services, Iowa shows unique patterns in the epidemiology of substance abuse. New trends in substance abuse require innovative uses of data in order understand and address Iowa’s substance abuse issues.

Research Questions:

  1. What are the groups most at risk for prescription drug abuse, and how do risk factors vary among specific groups? What are predictive indicators of community risk factors for prescription drug abuse?
  2. What is the relationship between prescription patterns of opioids, opioid-related deaths, treatment admissions for opioids, and medication-assisted treatment provider proximity and/or availability?
  3. What is the current use of Iowa’s Prescription Monitoring Program by pharmacists and providers, and what programming and policy changes can improve the quality and utility of these data?

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