Doctors Offer Narcotics Abuse Report to Illinois Lawmakers

Published: Feb. 24, 2015 at 2:12 PM CST
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CHICAGO (AP) -- An Illinois doctors group has ideas for reducing the problem of "doctor shopping" for narcotics.

The Illinois Medical Society on Monday made recommendations to the Illinois House Task Force on the Heroin Crisis. The task force has heard testimony that prescription opioids can lead to heroin use.

The medical society's 30-page report includes ideas for strengthening the state's existing Prescription Monitoring Program. That's a statewide database, which doctors check to see if patients are seeing multiple doctors and pharmacies to get drugs.

The medical society wants alerts when a patient has been identified as having three or more prescribers or four or more pharmacies within a 30-day period. Current law requires such reports only when there are six or more prescribers or six or more pharmacies.