Prescription drug monitoring programs pdmps are one of the most promising tools available to address prescription drug misuse abuse and diversion pdmps are state run electronic databases that provide critical health information to physicians and other health care providers about an individuals history of using controlled substance prescriptions. Increased potency of drugs during the last century science and technology have led us to create more powerful drugs which has had an impact on drug abuse in the 21 st century some of the changes in drug potency include marijuana thc percentage used to be around 10 percent now some are around 30 percent with the most potent at 55 . Prescription drug monitoring program pdmp the prescription drug monitoring program pdmp is a program developed to promote the public health and welfare by detecting diversion abuse and misuse of prescription medications classified as controlled substances under the alabama uniform controlled substances act. At the other extreme drug legalization also runs counter to a public health and safety approach to drug policy the more americans use drugs the higher the health safety productivity and criminal justice costs we all have to bear the administrations 21st century drug policy plan provides an evidence based alternative to these approaches. On september 26 2014 governor mcauliffe signed executive order 29 establishing the governors task force on prescription drug and heroin abuse the task force was created to recommend immediate steps to address a growing and dangerous epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse in virginia with the ultimate goal of improving public
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