The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $28.6 million to help bolster state efforts to prevent and track opioid overdoses, including scaling up prescription drug monitoring programs that serve as databases recording patient prescribing histories and helping providers to flag suspicious activity.

Three CDC programs were funded through the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill: Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States (PfS), Data-Driven Prevention Initiative (DDPI), and Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance (ESOOS).

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