Wisconsin PDMP Data Request

HIJ Action Lab filed this request with the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board of Madison, WI.
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From: HIJ Action Lab

To Whom It May Concern:

Northeastern University's School of Social Justice and Health Equity is interested in the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program ("PDMP"). Specifically, we want to learn more about law enforcement access to the database, the use of an algorithm that produces a risk score to analyze its contents, and the data access and retention rules governing the system. We know PDMP is supported by the vendor, Wisconsin Interactive Network.

In order to permit the public to understand how the is using the PDMP and how it impacts public health and civil liberties in Wisconsin, Northeastern University's Health in Justice Action Lab is making this request under the Wisconsin Open Records Law, §19.31 et seq., for the following records:

1. Any and all records including information about the algorithm that determines risk scores in the PDMP, including but not limited to its source code, developer documentation, and operator manuals; and

2. Any and all research, technical reports, or internal audits that evaluate the PDMP’s risk assessment tool’s effectiveness or performance;

Because this request involves a matter of public concern and because it is made on behalf of a nonprofit organization, we ask that you waive any fees. If you decide not to waive fees, we request that you permit us to examine, at our election, the responsive documents before deciding which portions to transmit. We prefer the documents in electronic format.

Should you determine that some portion of the documents request are exempt from disclosure, please release any reasonably segregable portions that are not exempt. In addition, please note the applicable statutory exemption and explain why it applies to the redacted portions.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 days as requested by the statute.


Sarah Seymour


Thank you for contacting the Department of Safety and Professional Services. We have received your message. We will respond within one business day to general inquiries. Please allow 7-10 business days for any attached documents to be updated.

From: Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board

Sarah, this is the information that I found regarding your questions:

The WI PDMP does not assign risk scores. More information about the WI PDMP, including a summary of dispensing and PDMP usage trends, can be found in the quarterly report produced by the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board (CSB). The report is available on the Board Reports<https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/BoardsCouncils/CSB/Reports.aspx> page of the CSB website and in the Statistics Archive<https://pdmp.wi.gov/statistics/statistics-archive> of the WI PDMP Public Statistics Dashboard. The WI PDMP Public Statistics Dashboard<https://pdmp.wi.gov/statistics> is a great resource containing interactive data visualizations about the controlled substance prescriptions dispensed in Wisconsin, the law enforcement reports submitted to the WI ePDMP, and the use of the WI ePDMP by healthcare professionals and others.

If you need to attribute the information to someone, please use Andrea Magermans, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Managing Director, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Please let me know if this does/does not satisfy your needs.



From: HIJ Action Lab


Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sarah Seymour

From: HIJ Action Lab

Hi Jen,

I know it's been a few months but I was wondering if your department has any of the following documentation.

1. PDMP program records: Records reflecting the establishment, legal authorization or permission to use AWARxE from the Appriss Inc. (e.g., statutes concerning its use, training manuals);

2. Any records on patient behavioral red flags (e.g., anxious patient demeanor, distance between prescriber and dispenser) with (c) prescriber/dispenser training documentation on how to address the red flags;

3. Any record showing the number of unique patient profiles in the PDMP by quarter and year (2006-present);

Please let us know if we need to file a new FOIA records request. Thanks in advance.


Sarah Seymour

From: Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board

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