- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Prescription drug monitoring legislation that is one of Gov. Mary Fallin’s top priorities for the 2015 Legislature has been sent to the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 8-1 for the measure Monday and sent it to the full Senate for a vote. The bill was previously approved by the Oklahoma House.

The measure by Republican Sen. A.J. Griffin of Guthrie requires health care providers to consult a prescription drug repository before prescribing or refilling opiates and a variety of other narcotics.

In her State of the State speech last month, Fallin called on state lawmakers to pass a prescription drug monitoring bill that cracks down on “doctor shopping” and ensures that narcotics are not being prescribed to addicts.

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