According to a report on the Chinese website of the Overseas Chinese Daily on November 28, an audit report released by the New York Audit Office this week stated that among New Yorkers receiving Medicaid for opioid addiction treatment, about 1 Three out of three people were given prescriptions for narcotic painkillers in four years, which highlights a potential problem with drug monitoring systems across the country.
12 people die from opioid addiction
According to reports, the report states that between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2017, those opioid addicts found a doctor and prescribed opioids, of which 3% (nearly 19,000) Over a month after taking the prescription, he sought medical services because of overdose, and even 12 people died.
The audit found that treatment programs do not always check the state's Internet system to track the over-prescription (I-STOP) database, a monitoring system that tracks the prescription of narcotics to addicts. According to New York law, every time a doctor prescribes a drug-assisted opioid for home use, the treatment program checks the I-STOP database.
The study found that a sample of 25 patients from three treatment programs received more than 1,000 Medicaid opioid prescriptions over a four-year period, as well as treatment for substance abuse.
Monitoring system needs improvement
New York Auditor-General Thomas DiNapoli said the differences indicated that surveillance systems needed improvement. "New York and the rest of the United States are facing an epidemic of opioid addiction and people's lives are threatened. Projects designed to help people quit highly addicted opioids can only be effective if they are kept alert "In response, the government should take steps to help treatment programs and health care providers work together to prevent overdose that could lead to hospitalization or death."
U.S. Department of Health develops a method
Dinapoli suggests that the U.S. Department of Health develop a method to notify treatment programs in a timely manner when a database indicates that recipients of Medicaid received potentially dangerous prescriptions. His office also suggested that these projects upload their own patient information when accessing the database and that the health department conduct risk assessments for individuals receiving drug-assisted treatment.