CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A law requiring health officials to check the state’s new drug monitoring website, before prescribing opioids, goes into effect on Saturday.
The Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool, or MassPAT, allows doctors and pharmacists to check a patient’s prescription history with a simple click of a button.
Every physician who prescribes two and three narcotics had to sign up for this system before October 15th.
Dale Martin of Lancaster, New Hampshire, told 22News, “If they’re addicted to those things then they’re going to go after those things where they need to. Now, I personally shop in Canada for a lot of my prescription drugs, especially for my wife’s asthma.”
The new website will have access to 42-states. This will help prevent people from going doctor shopping for drugs.
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- 70% of prescribers have registered to the new prescription monitoring program
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- New prescription program designed to close major loophole
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