Teesha Miller named to lead county program
KANSAS CITY, MO (Feb. 27, 2017) – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., announced that Teesha Miller has been hired to serve as director of the county’s new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), effective today.
“We know that prescription drug monitoring programs are vital to help combat the opioid epidemic. Jackson County is doing everything we can to help fight prescription drug abuse in our area, and we will continue until the state establishes its own program,” White said.
As Director of the Jackson County PDMP, Miller will work closely with the county’s counterparts in St. Louis to launch and manage the PDMP. She will support efforts to coordinate regulatory and policy efforts with representatives from federal, state and local entities. She will also serve as liaison to area health departments and community partners to advance strategic initiatives, develop policies and procedures and manage program data. Miller will spend a significant amount of time communicating with providers and dispensers about the function and benefits of the PDMP. She will also offer community education through formal and informal presentations to individuals and organizations who would like to learn more about the prevalence of opioid abuse.
Prior to joining Jackson County, Miller served as program manager for the Parent to Parent program and March of Dimes NICU Family Support Coordinator at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She earned her master’s degree in healthcare administration and a bachelor’s degree in management from Park University, and is pursuing a certificate in pediatric bioethics.
In late 2016, the Jackson County Legislature approved the creation of a PDMP for the county in partnership with St. Louis County. A formal signing of the partnership agreement occurred on Jan. 24, 2017.
In addition to Jackson and St. Louis counties, the cities of Independence and Kansas City are also important partners in this localized PDMP. Joining those cities are the City of St. Louis, St. Charles County and St. Genevieve County.
A prescription drug monitoring program creates an electronic database on opioid and other controlled substance prescriptions dispensed within a given jurisdiction. PDMPs help prevent an individual from receiving multiple prescriptions for the same opioids or controlled substances, making it more difficult for these drugs to be abused. PDMPs also can improve coordination of patient care among various health care providers with the goal of better pain management and reduced deaths associated with abuse and accidental overdose due to confusion about drug interactions.
Recently, the Kansas City Health Department estimated that up to 26,000 people in Jackson County may be addicted to some form of prescription drugs.
The Missouri legislature has considered PDMP legislation for the last 12 years, but has failed to pass it. Missouri is the only state in the country without a PDMP.