White House plan would push Rx databases

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Saying they want to cut prescription drug abuse by 15 percent in five years, White House officials and the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released a national plan for attacking pill mills, that includes a push for more prescription drug monitoring databases, like one in place in Florida reported the News Service of Florida. Right now, 35 states have such databases in place, including Florida, though lawmakers have considered repealing the law here. That? despite Florida being widely considered an epicenter of the problem. Gov. Rick Scott was invited to Congress recently to discuss the fight against prescription drug abuse, and officials in other states have complained that their residents go to Florida to get easy access to pain pills. The White House Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske, said at a Washington news conference Tuesday that prescription drug deaths have risen to become a national crisis. The plan also will require certain drug makers to provide educational programs to prescribers along with materials for patients about the risks and benefits of opioid use. A bill expected to be discussed on the House floor in Florida on Wednesday would continue Florida? prescription tracking database, and also has a partial ban on doctors dispensing certain painkillers

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