Pharmacist handing over prescription

K-TRACS PRIORITIZES PATIENT SAFETY

K-TRACS is the prescription drug monitoring program for the state of Kansas. It is used by prescribers and pharmacists as a clinical decision-making tool to promote patient safety and healthy communities through prevention of prescription drug misuse, abuse and diversion.

Established by KSA 65-1683, K-TRACS contains prescription drug data on all Kansas patients receiving controlled substances. Pharmacies are required to report the controlled substances and other drugs of concern they dispense to K-TRACS on a daily basis.

HOW PRESCRIBERS & PHARMACISTS USE K-TRACS

Prescribers and pharmacists use K-TRACS to evaluate patients’ prescription drug history. Equipped with this information and used in combination with other medical history and assessments, prescribers and pharmacists can inform clinical decisions and engage patients in conversations that promote health and safety.

MEASURING K-TRACS SUCCESS

PRESCRIBING TRENDS, 2016-2019

Graph showing prescribing trends for major prescription drug types

Total prescriptions for opioids, stimulants and benzodiazepines have decreased 4.5% from 2016 to 2019.

Opioids (13% decrease)

Benzodiazepines (14% decrease)

Stimulants (6% increase)


DRUG OVERDOSE DEATH TRENDS, 2016-2019

Kansas has experienced a 27% increase in drug-related overdose deaths, from all drug types, from 2016 to 2019.

Overdose deaths related to prescription opioids (not including synthetic opioids such as fentanyl or semi-synthetic opioids such as methadone) have decreased 20% during the same time frame.

Source: KDHE

Graph showing drug overdose deaths

Overdose deaths attributed to all drug types

Overdose deaths attributed to prescription opioids


"DOCTOR SHOPPING" BEHAVIOR TRENDS, 2018-2019

Graph showing doctor shopping behavior trends

"Doctor shopping" behavior is defined by K-TRACS as patients who visit 5 or more prescribers and 5 or more pharmacies within 90 days.

There has been a 43% decrease in patients with "doctor shopping" behavior characteristics from the first quarter of 2018 to the last quarter of 2019.

PUTTING PATIENT SAFETY FIRST

Healthcare providers can prioritize patient safety by checking K-TRACS before writing or filling any controlled substance prescription. Checking K-TRACS helps prescribers and pharmacists:

  • Avoid creating a dangerous medication combination
  • Create conversations with patients about safe prescription drug use
  • Identify concerning prescribing or dispensing patterns that can be discussed with the patient

PROMOTE COMMUNITY HEALTH

Healthcare providers can contribute to creating healthy communities by:

PREVENT PRESCRIPTION DRUG MISUSE AND ABUSE

The K-TRACS Provider Toolkit can be used for your local prevention efforts. The toolkit contains a variety of materials promoting patient safety, health and K-TRACS usage. You choose which materials work best for you.