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Oregon Prescription Drug Management Takes Some Hits In Audit

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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.   

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for over 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.