Docs to check history when prescribing painkillers - WKRN News 2

Docs to check history when prescribing painkillers

Posted: Updated: March 31, 2013 05:33 PM

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Starting Monday, Tennessee doctors prescribing painkillers and other controlled substances will be required to check their patients' prescription history to prevent abuse and doctor shopping.

The new requirement that was signed into law last year put doctors on the front line of Tennessee's battle with some of the nation's highest prescription drug abuse rates. The state's Controlled Substance Monitoring Database has been around since 2006 and now clinicians prescribing any opioid or benzodiazepine will be required to check that database first.

Rae Young Bond, director of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the checks will be time-consuming, but a great tool.

Bond said the society also is planning more workshops to help doctors learn how to best confront patients they suspect of drug abuse.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

441 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210

Telephone: 615.369.7222
Fax: 615.369.7329
Email: news@wkrn.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Nashville, LLC. A Media General Company.