- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire doctors and pharmacists authorized to prescribe prescription drugs can start registering with a state database to keep track of commonly abused drugs.

Doctors could start registering Thursday. They will be able to use the information and review a patient’s history prior to prescribing or dispensing controlled substances.

Prescription drug monitoring programs seek to reduce the abuse of prescription drugs by allowing physicians to check whether a patient seeking a prescription has been shopping around for the same medication elsewhere. New Hampshire is one of the last states to establish a program, after Gov. John Lynch signed a bill for it in 2012.

The state received a federal grant earlier this year to implement the program.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide