On April 4, the state launched a new Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) as part of the state’s multi-faceted strategy to prevent opioid abuse. The new MAPS provides Michigan prescribers with a user-friendly portal, making it more efficient for practitioners to obtain information of controlled substances and Schedule 2-5 drugs that have been dispensed. Prescribers include dentists, physicians, physician assistants, podiatrists, optometrists, veterinarians and advanced practice registered nurses under delegation. The MAPS portal is administered by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ (LARA) Bureau of Professional Licensing. A $2.57 million appropriation from the legislature gave LARA the opportunity to begin replacing the old MAPS in 2016 and a $2.02 million appropriation was later granted for ongoing maintenance and support.
Governor Rick Snyder formed the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force in June 2015 and one of their key recommendations was to update and replace the problematic MAPS platform. The governor also established the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission to continue the work initiated by the task force. In addition to the new system and the work of the commission, the Snyder Administration along with a group of bipartisan legislators, recently unveiled a comprehensive legislative strategy focused on building on the state’s current efforts to tackle the opioid crisis that plagues our communities.
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