PMP County Profiles Project
In order to better understand the prescription drug abuse epidemic in Washington, the state Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) collects monthly records of prescribed controlled substances from across the state. Together with an advisory work group of personnel from many local health agencies, PMP staff members at the Department of Health recently finished the first step of their County Profiles Project, which organizes and displays this data by county and aims to help local health partners develop programs and interventions based upon local needs.
You can view the first County Profiles data set (from calendar year 2014) here.
Each County Profile consists of a defined set of data tables about controlled substance prescriptions dispensed for patients reporting a living address in the specified county. Two additional tables show rates for the state of Washington and for all 39 counties; and 11 maps displaying the information in those tables in a visual manner.
PMP staff hope that this information will be useful for building programs to combat prescription drug issues in local areas, and expect to release data sets for additional years in the coming months.