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Deaths from drug overdoses continue to rise across the nation.  From 1999 to 2014, overdose deaths increased nearly three-fold, over 60% of which involved an opioid in 2014.[1]  In Maryland, 89% of intoxication deaths in 2016 involved opioids, increasing 70% since 2015 and almost quadrupling since 2010.[2] [3] One response, adopted by 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam, is to track the lawful prescription and dispensing of controlled substances.[4]  The Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (“PDMP”) [5] was created in 2011 to provide informational assistance to professionals in health care, public health, and law enforcement about the prescription ...Read More