Prescription Drug Prevention Effort Project Lead
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with key partners and stakeholders to successfully implement PDMP enhancements per LB 471. DPH is the project lead for the Bureau of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding that support that prescription drug overdose (PDO) prevention efforts. These efforts include PDMP enhancements, development of pain management guidelines, Naloxone education and program responsibilities for data surveillance. The oversight of these grants is conducted by the following DPH staff: Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Coordinator, Prescription Drug Overdose Surveillance Coordinator, Information System & Technology Analyst, Injury Surveillance Epidemiologist, and Injury Prevention Program Manager.
Key Partners and Stakeholders
DHHS Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) is the Nebraska state chief substance use authority and is located in the Department of Health and Human Services. The Division of Behavioral Health has a long history of working cooperatively on efforts with the Division of Public Health including suicide prevention, prevention efforts related to underage drinking and education efforts related to prescription drug overdose. The Division of Behavioral Health is currently working with the Divisions of Public Health and Medicaid Long Term Care to establish statewide pain management guidelines when prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Reducing prescription drug abuse is one of the goals in their statewide plan.
DHHS Division of Medicaid & Long Term Care (MLTC) routinely monitors utilization of prescription medications by Nebraska Medicaid clients. MLTC is currently collaborating with the Division of Public Health and Division of Behavioral Health to establish statewide pain management guidelines when prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII), PDMP Contractor, has a long standing collaborative relationship with DHHS and also provides functionality to support the exchange of immunization data and to deliver syndromic surveillance data to the State.
Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) has representatives on the NeHII Board of Directors and a long standing relationship with DHHS. NHA provides administrative data to help inform our programmatic efforts and also is an active partner in other public health advisory committees and workgroups.
Nebraska Medical Association (NMA) has been a valuable partner in addressing a variety of injury-related issues, including their involvement in Drive Smart Nebraska and the Prescription Drug Overdose Task Force. Additionally, NMA works with their members to address policy and advocate on behalf of all physicians and the health of all Nebraskans.
Nebraska Pharmacists Association (NPA) has been highly engaged with the Prescription Drug Overdose Task Force by working closely with DHHS Injury Prevention Program on education-related efforts and Medicaid & Long Term Care's Drug Utilization Review Board. NPA also leads the effort with the statewide drug disposal program.
Nebraska State Patrol has a primary mission of providing a safe and secure Nebraska and is working in collaboration with all key partners and stakeholders to reduce prescription drug overdoses.
Dispensers and prescribers have been instrumental in providing guidance by engaging in discussions, activities, and meetings as we work to implement the PDMP enhancements.