- 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.

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