SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A new prescription drug monitoring system meant to help prevent potential abuse went live on Monday in Massachusetts. It comes in the midst of efforts by state and local lawmakers to combat the opioid epidemic.
The Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool, or MassPAT, cost about $6 million in upgrades to make the current prescription monitoring system for doctors and prescribers more user friendly and efficient, according to the Massachusetts Medical Society. The system allows faster access to patient data.
It also helps monitor systems in other states, which could help prevent people from getting multiple prescriptions by simply crossing state lines to another prescriber that doesn’t have a full record.
Springfield resident Emmanuel Torres told 22News that he though it was a good idea. “I’ve seen for myself people get sick and I have family members that have had that problem,” he said. “Kind of weird being related to them and it’s just really really bad.
Starting on October 15th, anyone making prescriptions will be required to check the new MassPAT system each time they prescribe a Schedule II or III opioid, and for first-time prescriptions of certain drugs.