PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Medical Society plans to propose legislation that would require doctors to register with the state's prescription drug database.
The Providence Journal reports that doctors, nurses and other health professionals would have to register with the database when they renew their controlled substances registration, which allows them to prescribe powerful narcotics and other drugs. But the bill wouldn't require them to use it.
Only about 20 percent of prescribers have registered to use the drug monitoring program, which aims to prevent prescription drug abuse. State health officials want more to do so but have said they prefer voluntary use over a mandate.
The database can help prescribers learn if a patient is getting drugs from multiple doctors or pharmacies, a sign of potential abuse.