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Doctors To Check History When Prescribing Painkillers

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Starting Monday, Tennessee doctors prescribing painkillers and other controlled substances will be required to check their patients' prescription history to prevent abuse and doctor shopping.

The new requirement that was signed into law last year put doctors on the front line of Tennessee's battle with some of the nation's highest prescription drug abuse rates.

The state's Controlled Substance Monitoring Database has been around since 2006 and now clinicians prescribing any opioid or benzodiazepine will be required to check that database first.

Some doctors have said the checks will be time-consuming, but will be a great tool. Some local groups and associations are planning workshops to help doctors learn how to best confront patients they suspect of drug abuse.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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