HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Officials from the Wolf Administration are expected to provide updates on the progress of Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

Board members will discuss current initiatives, provide updates on the program and review the PDMP’s latest innovations.

In 2016, the Wolf Administration launched the PDMP, and has since seen a 29.7% increase in buprenorphine prescriptions. At the same time, there has been nearly a 60% decrease in individuals who receive high-dosage opioid medications and a reduction in the number of people who receive dangerous drug combinations.

Despite a decrease in all-cause emergency department visits during the coronavirus pandemic, opioid overdose-related emergency visits showed a slight increase in 2020.

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs maintains a toll-free, 24/7 helpline that connects callers looking for treatment options for themselves or a loved one to resources in their community. You can reach the Get Help Now helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).