Proposed Okla. law to combat prescription drug abuse

ARDMORE, OK - Some Oklahoma lawmakers hope a proposed bill will cut down on prescription drug abuse.

A recent study shows Oklahoma ranks number one in the country for prescription drug use, with more than 800 people dying from overdoses last year alone.

Oklahoma State Representative Pat Ownbey proposed house bill 2547 and he said the law would require doctors to take a deeper look into their patients prescription history before prescribing them any controlled substance.

Ownbey said the new law would create an online system that would allow doctors to run a check on their patients in about 90 seconds so it would not burden a doctor's office.

"What this bill does is have the doctors check to see if I have gone anywhere else to another doctor, say two days before, maybe even the same day to try to get these drugs from another doctor, if that doctor sees that I had, obviously he wouldn't write the prescription," Ownbey said.

The bill was available for a committee hearing today.

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  • by caresinokla Location: okla city, ok on Feb 18, 2012 at 09:03 PM
    I have a daughter in law who is a prescription drug addict. She sees several doctor & pharmacies to get her drugs. If this would slow her down I'm all for it. Of course she doesn't think she has a problem, because doctors give them to her, such denial. I think this is a good thing, shes a psycho when she thinks she running low, shes left my son and is now moving to Arkansas where I suspect she can find new doctors and pharmacies without possibly being tracked. If this helps get a control on prescription drug abuse I'm all for it.
  • by texanNoklahoma Location: cartwright, ok on Feb 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM
    what about the "pro" doctor shoppers? i'm sure they'd find a way to get the scripts, like having a friend go to the doctor for them. just saying, i'm sure they'll figure out a way around it - need to come up with a better plan.
  • by Wilson Location: Amerika on Feb 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM
    Why don't we just put the ankle tracking devices on everyone and track everything all the time. It is time for the revolution.... not the pansy "occupy" ones either.
  • by Biffco Location: Dallas/Sherman on Feb 7, 2012 at 10:17 AM
    You wanted a War on Drugs, you got it. Prohibition cannot exist without government meddling and oppression.
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:40 AM
    Who cares? Really?
  • by BORED OKIE Location: Ardmore, OK on Feb 6, 2012 at 10:00 PM
    I think it aught to have the pharmacies connect as well just for a second wall of defense, then they could contact the doctor if it gets past them.
  • by Dianac Location: Texoma on Feb 6, 2012 at 05:40 PM
    The docs already have DEA. Obn, Medicare peer review, Medicaid, and insurance companies that get our Ssn# and drug info.. Why do we need others.. What about the article in daily o that says one agency is notified within five minutes if us picking up our scrips?? Come on guys.. Who pays for all this??
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