"Louisiana is one of eight states that has more opioid prescriptions than it has residents. The state has the sixth highest prescription-per-capita rate at 1.03 pain-killer prescriptions written per Louisiana resident in 2015.
But Holcombe argues more can be done, like making better use of the
Prescription Monitoring Program operated by the Louisiana Board of
The database includes anyone in Louisiana that has been
prescribed a controlled substance. The problem, Holcombe points out, is
that it is not mandatory for every prescriber to check first.
has been hugely important, but curiously, it is required that
pharmacists check it before administering the prescription but not
physicians before prescribing,” he explained.
Changing that would
be “a very, very simple thing that could be done to squelch the
over-prescribing taking place,” Holcombe said."
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