Mass. health regulators seek to curb Rx abuse

BOSTON Prescription drug abusers who go “doctor shopping” in search of prescriptions will face a new challenge in Massachusetts, according to published reports.

The Boston Globe reported that health regulators in the state have approved a system that will allow pharmacists and physicians to check names of patients against those in an online database to see if they have filled prescriptions for drugs that can be abused.

According to the newspaper, Massachusetts had more than 600 deaths related to drug abuse last year, and abuse of prescription painkillers has become about as common as that of illegal drugs.

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