Prescription drug abuse

A new law aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse went into effect November 1.

House Bill 1948 requires that doctors check a prescription database at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control before they prescribe certain drugs.

Six months later, the doctor must check the database, called the Prescription Monitoring Program, again, said Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, the House author.

Cox said that within five minutes of a patient picking up a prescription for certain drugs, the monitoring program has the information.