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The overdose epidemic is the most challenging public health crisis in a generation. Prescription drug monitoring programs serve as a central feature of state and national response to this crisis, but the evidence of their impact is mixed. Little is known about the experiences with, and perceptions of the Massachusetts PMP among its users and key community stakeholders.

In fulfillment of their capstone projects, an interdisciplinary team of Northeastern University students has conducted two dozen ethnographic interviews with prescribers, pharmacists, law enforcement, regulators, and community representatives in Massachusetts. This work is part of a larger study Facing the Opioid Epidemic: Assessing and Responding to Prescription and Illicit Opioid Use and Misuse in Five New England States—a collaboration between Tufts, Northeastern, and Brandies Universities. It is funded by a Pilot Study Grant from Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

On April 12, we are convening a community presentation at the Northeastern University School of Law to share our emergent qualitative findings covering topics such as health care providers’ narratives about their role in curbing the crisis, user perspectives on gaps in PMP system design and training, and provider and community concerns about state surveillance in health care settings. This will be followed by an interactive discussion of possible programmatic and policy implications. Light refreshments will be served. Please circulate to others who may be interested; this event is free and open to the public.

Initial logistics information appears below. We will be in touch soon with additional details.
Title: Massachusetts Prescription Monitoring Program and the Opioid Epidemic: Stakeholder Perspectives
Date & Time: April 12th, 5:30-7PM PM
Location: Moot Court Room, 160 Dockser Hall, 65 Forsyth St. Boston, MA


1. Leo Beletsky, Associate Professor of Law and Health Sciences
2. Sarah Seymour, candidate for BS in Behavioral Neuroscience
3. Lane Bandanza, candidate for BS in Health Sciences/Masters in Public Health in Urban Health
4. Erin Crocker, candidate for Masters of Public Health in Urban Health
5. Mina Hong, candidate for Masters in Public Health in Urban Health
6. Allison Morgan, candidate for BS in Health Sciences
Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH
Associate Professor of Law and Health Sciences
School of Law & Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
416 Huntington Avenue, Boston
P: 617.373.5540?F: 617-373-5056
E: l.beletsky@neu.edu
T: @leobeletsky