Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type

DNP Project



Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Linda Gibson

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Tonya Sawyer-McGee

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Faisal Aboul-Enin



The United States is in an opioid epidemic. The comitant use of opiates and benzodiazepines can ultimately result in death. This project consisted of a quality improvement approach addressing the continued need to educate prescribers on coprescribing benzodiazepines and opioids to the adult population. A qualitative and quantitative descriptive analysis was utilized for data collection. The results will assist in determining if accessing the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and utilizing evidence-based guidelines before prescribing treatment compared to the nonutilization of the PDMP and evidence-based guidelines aid in the reduction of mortality and overdose rates within a three-month period. The significance of this project was aimed at increasing the use of the PDMP in providing treatment to patients. The recognition of the misuse and abuse of opioids and benzodiazepines, concurrently, indicate the need for a higher level of care and alternative treatment options, therefore, assisting in the reduction in the mortality and overdose rate.

Keywords: opioids, benzodiazepines, misuse, substance use disorder, prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), substance use treatment provider, primary care provider (PCP), Nurse Pactitioner (NP), Physician Assistant (PA), pain specialist, psychiatrist, and pharmacist

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