Pa. Senate Approves Expansion of Prescription Drug Monitoring Database

May 8, 2014
by Vince Lattanzio
NBC News (Philadelphia)

The types of drugs tracked would also be expanded to include substances like anabolic steroids, Xanax and hydrocodeine.

Pennsylvania ranks 14th in the nation for drug overdose deaths, according to information compiled by the Trust for America's Health. Officials have also widely regarded illicit prescription drug use as a gateway to illegal opioids like heroin.

The new database, which is modeled after similar systems in other states like New Jersey, is seen as a way for prescribers to spot potential abuse and doctor shopping.

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