The director of the South Dakota Board of Pharmacy’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is encouraging practitioners to sign up for an account in PMP AWARxE.

Melissa DeNoon, R.Ph. says the South Dakota Department of Health supports practitioner participation in the SD PDMP program to improve patient care and reduce the misuse and abuse of controlled substances.

DeNoon says that even though South Dakota ranks number 46 based on population, the state is not immune from the effects of the nation’s opioid epidemic. She says enough doses of opiates were prescribed to South Dakotans in 2015 to medicate every adult around-the-clock for 19 straight days.

Prescription drug monitoring programs have been named among the most promising clinical tools to curb prescription opioid abuse.

Click here to learn how to register for a PMP AWARxE account. For questions about the SD PDMP, please contact DeNoon at (605) 362-2737.