Oregon is working to reduce the misuse of opioid pain medication, like a lot of other states. But in the eyes of one state agency, another state agency that could be helping is getting in its own way.
The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) in the Oregon Health Authority was recently the focus of an audit by the Secretary of State's office. The audit found people getting prescriptions from multiple medical providers, and getting combinations of prescriptions that can be deadly.
We get into the details of the audit report with Kip Memmott, who runs the Audits Division, and Jamie Ralls the audit manager.