Two federal lawmakers celebrated this week an agreement between Pennsylvania and New Jersey to bolster efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.
U.S. Reps. Donald Norcross (R – 1st district, N.J.) and Patrick Meehan (D – 7th district, Pa.) hosted a press conference along the Delaware River to commend both states for sharing information gather from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to help clinicians determine the best course of treatment for patients. Malvern Institute operates an outpatient center in Norcross’ district.
On June 7, the states began relaying information, but both elected officials urged further cooperation.
“Since someone can cross a bridge and cross state lines, we must cross party lines in Congress and in our states to curb the opioid epidemic,” Norcross said. “I’m glad the Governors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania heard our call, recognized the importance of acting quickly and announced they’ll be exchanging information. There’s still more work to do to take away all barriers, so I’ll continue working with colleagues to help those suffering from the disease of addiction.”
“Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs help doctors and pharmacists make safer, more informed decisions about the medications they prescribe and dispense,” said Meehan. “Information-sharing across state lines, particularly in a region like ours, is key to the program’s effectiveness. While there’s still more we can do to make PDMPs more effective, this is an important step forward that will undoubtedly save lives.”
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