A Data Resource for Medical Professionals and Law Enforcement

Differences between the Maine Diversion Alert Program and the Maine Prescription Monitoring Program

  Diversion Alert Program Prescription Monitoring Program
Program goal: To improve legitimate access to prescriptions by better informing prescribers and pharmacists about illegal prescription drug activities. To improve patient care, curb misuse of prescription drugs, ensure that those who do need prescription medications receive them, get those who are addicted into appropriate treatment, prevent prescription drug overdoses and educate the public on the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse.
Program information: Criminal information related to diversion and illegal possession of prescription and illicit drugs. Medical information about all controlled substance prescriptions dispensed to patients in Maine.
Program administration: Administered by Diversion Alert, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Administered by the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
Information restrictions: Arrest, summons and indictment data is public information for one year after the date of the initial charge. Individuals listed in a Diversion Alert installment have been charged with a crime but have not yet been convicted.
Diversion Alert information should be considered sensitive because it includes a full date of birth and booking photo.
Due to the nature of arrest data, it is not possible to guarantee positive identification of a patient without additional confirmation from another source, such as the arresting department.
Uses confidential patient information.
How information is provided:

Monthly emailed or mailed publication to registered participants that shows drug arrest and summons data from the previous month

24-7 online, password protected, searchable drug charge database which provides a six-month historical record of drug related charges submitted to Diversion Alert

24-7 online, password-protected database
Who can use the program: Pharmacists, licensed Maine prescribers, sub-recipients authorized by licensed prescribers or pharmacists, and law enforcement personnel. Pharmacists, licensed Maine prescribers (e.g. NPs, CNMs, MDs, DOs, PAs, dentists, podiatrists, etc.), and sub-account users (as authorized) (e.g. medical assistants, RNs, LCSWs, LCCWs, LDACs, etc.), authorized licensing board investigators, Mainecare investigators, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.