On June 21, 2012, HHS announced two pilot projects that seek to reduce prescription drug abuse through prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) -- electronic databases that collect, monitor, and analyze electronically-transmitted prescribing and dispensing data submitted by pharmacies and dispensing practitioners. The pilot projects, which will take place in Indiana and Ohio, will demonstrate how hospital emergency department staff can receive a patient’s controlled substance prescription history and how this information affects clinical decision making.