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Jul 26, 2015 10:56 AM

Promising start to new effort to reduce prescription drug abuse


CONCORD - A new effort to reduce prescription drug abuse in the Granite State looks promising.

The state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program has seen a good response from the roughly 12,000 people qualified to prescribe or dispense controlled drugs in N.H., with at least 80 percent now registered with the program, according to the Nashua Telegraph.

An estimated 9,627 practitioners are on-board, according to the state's program manager Michelle Ricco Jonas.

"It's promising," Ricco Jonas said.

In 2012, New Hampshire became the 49th state to create a prescription drug monitoring program, which gives registered practitioners confidential access to a listing of what's been prescribed and dispensed in the state for a certain drugs. The program became operational last October.

The goal is to prevent the misuse of prescriptions, for example by people who go from doctor to doctor seeking certain medications, and to combat illegal trading in prescription drugs.

After reviewing the data, Ricco Jonas said she forwards it to the state boards of licensing for medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veteri­nary medicine and nursing.

These boards will review it to ensure that those who are autho­rized by the federal Drug Enforcement Administra­tion to prescribe narcotics are registered.


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