Georgia Prescription Tracking System May Shut Down Months After Launch

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (04/10/13) Simmons, Andria
Georgia lawmakers' failure to approve funding for the state's prescription monitoring program, which will be launched in mid-June, means that the program will run out of funding when the two-year, $400,000 federal grant expires on Sept. 30. Georgia is not eligible to apply for another federal grant because state lawmakers would not allow other states to have access to the database. The impending loss of funding is only the latest problem for the program. An analysis of the program conducted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in February found that it is not able to fight the problem of prescription drug diversion because it is inaccessible to the state medical board and doctors and pharmacists in other states, as well as law enforcement officials, unless they have a warrant.

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