Online Tool Helps Law Officials in Prescription Fraud Investigations

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Prescription Monitoring Program gives law enforcement
officials a high-tech tool to combat prescription fraud statewide – the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring and Reporting System (CPMRS).

Key features and benefits of the CPMRS include:

  • Enables law enforcement to detect suspicious activity quicker.
  • Exposes potential doctor/pharmacy shopping and other fraudulent behaviors.
  • Provides automated patient controlled-substance history reports online 24/7.
  • Offers ability to request a prescriber’s controlled substance prescribing history report online 24/7.
  • Saves investigative hours, transportation and other departmental resource costs.
  • Allows law enforcement to post alerts on possible suspects.
  • Identifies patients for early intervention, assessment and treatment.

The CPMRS collects controlled substance prescription (Schedule II–V) data, providing a complete picture of a patient’s controlled substance history, so law enforcement personnel can easily identify “doctor shoppers” (patients getting multiple prescriptions from several doctors) and other fraudulent activities.

In addition, the CPMRS helps prescribers and pharmacists provide better care to their patients. “Abuse of prescription drugs for recreational or non-medical usage has become increasingly common,” said John Gadea, Director of Drug Control, Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. “Prescription painkillers are now ranked second—only behind marijuana—as the nation’s most prevalent illegal drug problem.

The CPMRS helps us conduct prescription fraud investigations in less time, using fewer resources,” he said. Connecticut is the first state in the tri-state area to provide this highly secure, web-based database to law enforcement personnel. Since 2008, licensed pharmacies, both in and out-of-state, have submitted prescription data for controlled substances (Schedule II-V) twice monthly, making the database highly comprehensive.

While all law enforcement personnel throughout the state should know about the CPMRS, only detectives and officers involved in narcotic investigations will be authorized to use the system. The CPMRS complies with HIPAA privacy requirements, which allow for information sharing in the event of an investigation.

For more information on the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring and Reporting System (CPMRS) or to apply for a free account, please contact the Prescription Monitoring Program at (860) 713-6073 or visit the CPMRS website.

This article was funded in part by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), grant award #2 X99 TI010103-02. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent the official position or policies of SAMHSA, or HHS.