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Audit: State’s drug monitoring program a mess

December 17, 2017 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new audit finds that New Hampshire is falling short of its efforts to keep tabs on opioid prescription patterns.

The Concord Monitor reports that a legislative audit finds the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program has been poorly managed by the Board of Pharmacy since its creation in 2012.

Lawmakers are calling for immediate action. Board of Pharmacy officials say they’ll comply with demands.


The program is supported by federal funds and donations and aims to confidentially share prescription information from prescribers and dispensers.

But the Office of Legislative Budget Assistant’s audit finds that weak planning and insufficient reporting practices has hindered the program.

The audit finds the program isn’t consistently tracking or collecting data intended to inform future action on opioid prescriptions.