AG Biden backs anti-opiod abuse bills

By Tom Lehman 10:52pm, May 2, 2013 - Updated 3:03pm, May 3, 2013
Beau Biden discusses the two bills set to be unveiled next week.
Attorney General Beau Biden voiced his support for two upcoming bills targeting prescription narcotic drug abuse at Thursday afternoon's Rotary Club meeting.

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The first proposed law would create a felony offense of "medication diversion" for those who redirect prescription narcotics from the intended patient.

Biden says it's a necessary step to help reduce prescription drug abuse.

"We have a problem in this state: we're number five in the country for people who abuse opioids like OxyContin and

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like Percoet," Biden says.

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Among the measures found in the second bill is one that requires those dispensing medication to enter any prescriptions for controlled substances into the state's prescription management program. That bill also requires doctors to check the state's Prescription Management program database before they prescribe controlled substances.

"Since last year it began to let pharmacists know that a patient is beginning to fill another OxyContin prescription, whether or not they've been shopping that prescription around. Whether or not they're going to pharmacist to pharmacist," he says.

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The bills are set to be introduced next week.



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