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The Pain Opioid Epidemic State Platform

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Opioid abuse affects 1 in 4 families in Pennsylvania. Overdose deaths in our state have increased by 470% over the past two decades. In 2014, nearly 2,500Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose. That means these overdoses killed almost seven Pennsylvanians every day.




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We provide a platform that can be used  by states and local entities  to assist in their efforts to provide solutions to the pain and opioid related problems. The platform includes best practice information, process and related resources to provide services and link to providers at the local level. The Pain Opioid Epidemic Project and Case Presentation websites are focused on  cities, neighborhoods, counties, states and other local entities. Entities interested in "duplicating" and customizing the websites for their local environment can contact  Citizens4health. 




Outcome Performance 



Pain Opioid Ecosystem





Best Care


Take Action 

The Political 








Board of Health

Board Members


Human Services Departments: Health Department


Behavioral Health/Developmental Disabilities

The Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs

Treatment Professionals and Facilities 

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

Law Enforcement 

Attorney General  Mr. Josh Shapiro









Professional organizations


The Pennsylvania Medical Society


Academic institutions 

Check List 

  • Empower, educate, and equip law enforcement personnel to prevent  overdose deaths and facilitate access to treatment.  

  • Reinforce use of best practices in drug treatment courts.  

  • Ensure access to MAT in correctional facilities and upon reentry.  

  • Strengthen pre-trial drug diversion programs to offer individuals the  opportunity to enter into substance use treatment.  

  • Ensure compliance with Good Samaritan laws.

Health Centers


Norristown Health Center

Pottstown Health Center

Willow Grove Health Center

Community Connections

Montgomery County Emergency Service, Inc. (MCES)

Emergency Medical Services 

Insurance Companies


Criminal Justice System

State Police  

Attorney General 



Citizen Groups



Valuable tools are at your fingertips.


In order to help you use the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) effectively, please visit the program’s website for these and more resources:



  • PA PDMP tutorial: Learn how to navigate and conduct a patient query using the PA PDMP, as well as how to identify red flags here.


  • Clinical resources toolkit: To support you during the adoption of this new program, the PA PDMP office developed a toolkit of resources to help medical professionals fully utilize the PDMP, including prescribing guidelines, screening tools, and treatment resources.


  • Opioid prescribing guidelines: In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Department of Health has convened the multi-stakeholder Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force to create seven evidence-based opioid prescribing guidelines for prescribers and dispensers across the commonwealth.


Valuable clinical data will soon be searchable through Pennsylvania’s new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

Starting Aug. 25, 2016, medical professionals registered for Pennsylvania’s new PDMP will be able to access valuable data that will help inform clinical decisions and combat the opioid and heroin epidemic.


Registration for the PA PDMP system is now open — click here to get started!

Registration is a straightforward process. You will also be able to grant access to delegates employed by you or under your supervision to check the system on your behalf. To learn more about who can be your delegate, please visit the PA PDMP website. You will also find tutorials on how to register  on the website.


Registering for the PA PDMP is the critical first step to accessing valuable clinical information to spot the warning signs of addiction, doctor shopping, and drug diversion.


The PA PDMP will increase the quality of patient care by giving prescribers and pharmacists access to their patients’ controlled substance prescription history. Most importantly, you will be able to identify patients struggling with substance use disorder, so that you can help them get the treatment they need. 

Together, we can save thousands of Pennsylvanians from opioid abuse, heroin use and overdose death

 Click here to register for the PA PDMP system.

Please visit the PA PDMP website for the latest updates on the program. The site offers a general Q&A page, more details for dispensers and prescribers, and contact information for the PA PDMP office.

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