- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois prosecutor wants doctors to participate in a prescription monitoring program that aims to stop heroin abuse.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly and St. Clair County Medical Society President Dr. Steven Morton sent a letter Sept. 8 to doctors, the Belleville News-Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1sRHbKD). The letter encourages doctors to use an online monitoring program to prevent prescription opioid painkiller abuse.

The Prescription Monitoring Program lets doctors review a patient’s prescription history to see if they have visited multiple doctors to try to get controlled substances. Data entered is reported weekly to pharmacies in Illinois. Pharmacists and other controlled substance dispensers can log-in to check records for current or potential patients.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, https://www.bnd.com

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