Sheriff Tom Knight is continuing his support for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to help protect citizens from those misusing or abusing medication.
Sheriff Knight donated $15,000 to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Foundation (PDMP). This money, allocated from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund (LETF), is accumulated from cash and the sale of property seized locally during the commission of a crime. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that raises private funding to operate the PDMP, which requires $500,000 annually. Sheriff Knight was appointed to the PDMP Foundation Board of Directors last year.
The PDMP was created in 2009 in an initiative to encourage safer prescribing of controlled substances and reduce drug abuse, and to promote the use of the Electronic Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substances Evaluation Program (E-FORCSE). E-FORSCE lets health care practitioners check an online database for their patient's prescription history, which helps deter doctor shopping, decreases the potential for drug addiction, and lessens the improper sale of prescription drugs. Some 90 million controlled substance distribution records are in the PDMP database, and the use of E-FORSCE has helped reduce death rates from Oxycodone overdoses by 41 percent.
According to Sheriff Knight, "Our goal is not just to enforce laws but to save lives. We have done that since 2009 at the state level and with local ordinances and education programs here in our community. We all have a role in reducing overdose deaths."