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The State of Controlled Substance E-Prescribing:

In Pharmacy Times, Ken Whittemore Jr, RPh, MBA, senior vice president of professional and regulatory affairs at Surescripts, provided an update on ePCS at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Annual Convention, which took place in Washington, DC, from October 10 to 14, 2015. In his presentation, Whittemore reviewed some of the challenges that paper prescriptions for controlled substances pose, such as fraudulent prescription pad forgery. ePCS, on the other hand, can reduce fraud and abuse, secure electronic records, and improve safety and patient care, Whittemore noted.  Read more

U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administartion (DEA) Office of Diversion Control Interim Final Rule with Request for Comment Questions and Answers for Prescribing Practitioners as of 03/31/2010. Read more

Texas Medical Association – TexasMedicine – e-Prescribing Controlled Substances Is Worth It:

Getting certified to prescribe controlled substances electronically is not easy, but it's worth the trouble, says pain medicine specialist Cheryl White, MD. Read more

The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work - Drug Trends and Reports:

https://socialwork.utexas.edu/cswr/institutes/ari/research/drug-trends/

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) 2014 Drug Facts Among Texas Youth 2014 Texas School Survey of Substance Use.

About 33,463 students in grades 7-12 from 93 school districts across the State were asked to report on their use of alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, illicit drugs, and over-the-counter and prescription drugs, as well as, their attitudes, extracurricular involvement, sources of information, and other related behaviors. Students were randomly selected from Texas school districts using a multi-stage probability design. Read more

Partnership for a Drug-FreeTexas - About Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes a medication without a prescription, in a way other than as prescribed, or for the purposes of getting high. Prescription pain relievers are opiates, or narcotics, and usually come in tablet or capsule. Chronic use or abuse of opioids can result in physical dependence and addiction. Read more

Texas Medical Association – Does Your Pharmacy Accept ePCS?

Now that electronic prescribing of controlled substances (ePCS) is legal with the proper e-prescribing software, many physicians are finding out that some of their frequently used pharmacies do not accept ePCS. Read more

DEA Control Interim Final Rule

U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administartion (DEA) Office of Diversion Control Interim Final Rule with Request for Comment Questions and Answers for Prescribing Practitioners as of 03/31/2010. Read more

Woodlands doctor arrested in connection with fatal crash in Conroe

The owner of a pharmacy in The Woodlands was charged with multiple felonies after investigators connected him with Sunday’s deadly crash in Conroe. Dr. Rezik A. Saqer, owner of Integra Medical Clinic and Integra Pharmacy in The Woodlands, was arrested late Tuesday after law enforcement executed a search warrant Monday. Saqer is charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, three counts of diversion of controlled substances and four counts of fraudulent possession of a controlled substance or prescription form. Read more

Integrating Health IT and PDMPs to improve patient care and fight the prescription drug abuse epidemic

ONC pilot projects prove that health IT can improve clinicians’ access to important clinical resources like Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs), which are data sources doctors and other providers can use to help fight the prescription drug abuse epidemic. Read more