App Allows New Jersey Doctors to Track Prescription Drug Abuse
An app launched in late 2015 is giving New Jersey physicians and pharmacists a new tool to curb prescription drug abuse in the state. The app, the first of its kind in the United States, allows users to check a patient’s prescription drug history and review their own records to check if someone is attempting to fraudulently use their license to obtain prescriptions.
The app, called the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP), is maintained by the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs. State-licensed pharmacists and practitioners can use the app to access the stateide online database that collects and stores prescription information on controlled substances. The app gives users access to the same records on the state’s database that launched in 2011.
Prescription drug abuse is an ever-growing problem. It’s estimated that more than 15 million people abuse prescription medications in the United States, more than the combined number of people who report abusing hallucinogens, inhalants, heroin, and cocaine combined. Prescription drug abuse is the leading cause of drug overdose death. Opioid painkillers alone accounted for more than 38% of overdose deaths in 2005.
The most abused prescription drugs include painkillers, tranquilizers, and stimulants, but the app will also allow pharmacists and doctors to track prescriptions for other potentially harmful medications that are likely to be abused, including human growth hormone. Approved by the FDA to treat HGH deficiency in children and adults, growth hormone is frequently abused for anti-aging and as a performance-enhancing drug along with testosterone or steroids.
Research suggests that a growing number of male weight lifters are turning to HGH to improve performance, and the illicit use of growth hormone is often linked to the use of steroids and other drugs. While HGH abuse is not as widespread as painkiller abuse, it can still have serious health risks. When not prescribed and used properly, growth hormone can be harmful to the heart, especially when used with steroids. The app can also be used to track a patient’s history of testosterone use, another prescription medication that is potentially harmful when not used correctly.
While this app focuses on alerting prescribers to abuse of drugs like opioids and hormones, other apps on the market are designed to help patients and doctors track progress from the very same drugs. Nutropin — one of the main manufacturers of human growth hormone — offers a growth assessment web application to help doctors assess a patient’s growth and track measurements. There is now even an app called MenoPro that helps physicians decide on the best course of treatment for menopause and whether hormone therapy is appropriate.
The NJPMP app allows a doctor or pharmacist to quickly review a patient’s controlled substance prescription history, view previous submitted requests, and get notifications to help curb prescription drug abuse in New Jersey. The app is available for free on iOS, Windows Mobile, and Android devices.
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