A Lack of Prevention and a Startling Statistic

July 30, 2014 4:23 PM

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A Lack of Prevention and a Startling Statistic

In the United States, there is a prescription drug monitoring program that helps health care providers determine which patients are "doctor shopping" and which doctors they are seeing to do so. The prescription drug monitoring program also keeps track of which patients are getting what medications, at what dose, and so on so when they do go to see their doctor, he or she can have record of their past prescription use rather than go on the patient's word. This program is being utilized in 49 out of 50 states, with Missouri being the only state refusing to jump on the bandwagon.

Now, what we are seeing is a rising prescription drug problem in Missouri. In addition, people from all over the country are going to this state just to take advantage of the fact that prescribing professionals aren't using the program, which has helped reduce prescription drug abuse in the rest of ...

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