Opioid and Schedule 2-5 Prescriptions Decline, MAPS Registration Increases

According to data released by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) on June 18, the number of opioid prescriptions and schedule 2-5 controlled substances dispensed in 2018 compared to 2017 decreased by 15% and 11.5%, respectively. Over the same time period, the MI Automated Prescription System (MAPS) registration rate increased 134%.

Launched in April 2017, the new MAPS has proven to be a user-friendly, efficient tool for prescribers (allopathic and osteopathic physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, veterinarians, physician’s assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses) to obtain and record information regarding controlled substances and schedule 2-5 drugs dispensed to patients.

As mandated by Public Acts 248 and 249 of 2018, all Michigan prescribers of schedule 2-5 controlled substances must be registered with MAPS and must check it before prescribing a controlled substance in a quantity that exceeds a 3-day supply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about Michigan’s opioid prescribing laws.

While this new data is good news, some warn it’s unclear whether opioid-related deaths also declined in 2018, as the state hasn’t released that data yet. "Reducing prescribing alone will not decrease the overdose deaths we're experiencing today," said Dr. Chad Brummett, an associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Michigan and pain specialist, when interviewed by the Detroit Free Press.

MAPS / EHR Integration Opportunity

LARA is covering the full cost of integrating MAPS into existing electronic health records and pharmacy dispensation systems until August 31. Click here for the Integration Request Form and instructions for beginning the integration process.  

Pain & Symptom Management CME

As the opioid crisis continues in Michigan, it is important that you arm yourself with information and tools to protect yourself, your practice, and your community. Jodi Switalski, JD, a nationally renowned opioid prevention expert and dynamic speaker, will empower you when she presents a 3-hour pain and symptom management CME session on Thursday, August 1, 12-3 pm, before the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo kicks off at Shanty Creek Resort. For just $149, you will gain insight about your duty as a family physician to inform, monitor, and document, and to gather real solutions for your practice and earn 3 CME credits that meet the state's pain and symptom management professional development required. Register.