Florida launches prescription monitoring database

After much delay, Florida’s long-awaited prescription drug monitoring program is finally up and running. Doctors and pharmacists are now required to submit information on each prescription they write for drugs like OxyContin that contain controlled substances within seven days after dispensing. (The state is asking them to voluntarily file information on prescriptions dating back to Dec. 1, 2010, when the law creating the system went into effect.)

A recent study found that deaths caused by oxycodone in the state in 2010 were up by 27.9% as compared with 2009.

Read more about Florida’s struggle with prescription drug addiction here and here.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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