Doctors now able to track patient prescription history in Pa.

The state hopes the new program will prevent opiate abuse and help identify patients who may need help with an addiction

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WKBN) – Doctors in Pennsylvania will now be able to track patients’ prescription histories using a statewide database.

The database allows doctors to see if a patient is getting drugs from more than one medical professional.

The state hopes the new program will prevent opioid abuse and help identify patients who may need help with an addiction.

“The goal of the program is to monitor prescription drugs for the purpose of identifying those in need of help, and get them that help,” said Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy. “If all we do is turn out to monitor prescription drugs and don’t get the individual the help that they need, then we will not have been successful.”

The database will be maintained by pharmacists who fill out the prescriptions.

Ohio already has a similar database in place.

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