Originally Published: February 17, 2016 6 a.m.
I am presently on the Board of Directors of MATForce and have been working to reduce prescription drug abuse for many years. Prescription drug abuse is at epidemic proportions across the nation.
The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy recently implemented changes in its Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program that have helped to better monitor abuse or addiction patterns in narcotic prescriptions. Arizona is one of 37 states with a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. This system is designed to reduce addiction and overdose deaths.
While I understand the concerns of Mr./Ms. Rodenburg (letter, "Prescription monitoring," Jan. 28), several issues raised seem to pertain to the policy of the physician. Monitoring a patient for the amount of narcotics prescribed, by both the physician and State Pharmacy Board, protects the health and safety of the individual, as well as limiting the amount of narcotics available for diversion in our community thus protecting families and our community as a whole.
MATForce is proud that through our many educational and prevention programs, as well as the outstanding efforts of the State Pharmacy Board, prescription drug abuse fell 55 percent among youth from 2004 to 2014, according to the Arizona Youth survey.
Dr. Leon Cattolico