Georgia Approves Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Georgia has become the latest state to approve a prescription drug monitoring program designed to help stop the abuse of opioid painkillers.

The Lexington-Herald Leader reports that counting Georgia’s law, there are now 35 states with operating monitoring systems. Another 13 have been approved, but are not yet up and running. Only Missouri, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia do not have approved systems, according to the article.

Georgia officials said they hope the prescription monitoring system will be operational by January 2013, if they are able to get grants to fund it.

Florida Governor Rick Scott recently signed into law a bill designed to shut down “pill mills,” pain clinics that cater to people shopping for opioid medications. The legislation includes a drug monitoring database, which allows pharmacists and law enforcement officials to keep track of prescriptions. Drug monitoring databases are designed to prevent “doctor shopping” and to quickly identify doctors who are passing out prescription medication illegally. Private funds are expected to cover the Florida database’s set up costs and the first 18 months of operation.

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    Willie Willie-Jane

    October 6, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Back in the 1800’s, people could go down to the “hardware” store or “market” & purchase an envelope of morphine or opium. They took it as needed. IF people became addicted or overdosed & DIED, folks would say, “that person died from consumption”…sad, yes…but it happened in a free society. WE DON’T NEED TO BE TOLD HOW TO LIVE OUR LIVES! The “All-knowing & all-powerful” senators have now passed a law curtailing the production of schedule I I drugs by 25%…chronic pain people NEED that medication in order to have any quality of life. Hey government – BUTT OUT…remember prohibition? How well that turned out?

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    heath holc

    October 30, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    I am 32 and live with chronic pain on a daily basis. Being a single parent makes a dramatic difference in these types of situations. My difficulties are only dragging the life out of my child, to which is the biggest overall problem. Abuse being ramped up now where I live makes my treatment options limited and seriously affects the “quality of life.” What do you do? This is one reason to the “street” or elicit drugs and why there destroying our youth and others. Some find that “self medication” is there unfortunate option. These are just a few prime examples as to why overdoses have quadrupled in the states. Don’t give up, keep on going? No wonder people with these types of problems become depressed and lose site of many important life qualities, which makes solutions others around suffer. Vicious cycle to say the least, which people WON’T understand until they live it…

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