Texas lawmakers hear testimony on growing pill abuse problem

Texas medical professionals and law enforcement officials are seeking to address the state’s prescription drug addiction problem, telling lawmakers at a Senate hearing that agencies need to collaborate in order to more effectively identify pharmacies and doctors involved in the usage of prescription drugs outside of medically sanctioned purposes, according to this article.

Deaths from accidental overdoses increased in Texas by more than 150 percent from 1999 to 2007, largely due to the rising tide of opiate prescriptions, the article says.

In 2011, the Texas legislature made doctor shopping a felony, and several months ago, the Texas Department of Public Safety launched an online database of prescription drug data, the article notes.

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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One Response to Texas lawmakers hear testimony on growing pill abuse problem

  1. M. Simon says:

    Legalization reduced drug use by 82% in Switzerland and eliminated overdose deaths.


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