December 17, 2014

Prescription monitoring system widespread in New Jersey

Nearly 85 percent of physicians in New Jersey now have access to the state’s prescription monitoring system, which is designed to help fight prescription drug abuse, according to a news article.

The system allows doctors to see whether their names are being misused or forged for prescriptions, or whether patients have been “doctor shopping” in order to get more access to addictive drugs.

“Thanks to our efforts, nearly all New Jersey doctors can now log onto the NJPMP for a clear picture of the ways individual patients have obtained opiate medications,” Steve Lee, acting director for the Division of Consumer Affairs, said in a statement. “It is now up to those doctors to put the NJPMP into use, and intervene appropriately if a patient shows signs of drug abuse.”

 

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