New Hampshire Governor Announces Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

By John Lavitt 11/14/14

New Hampshire finally joins 48 other states that have drug monitoring programs already in place.

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Just prior to her successful re-election, Governor Maggie Hassan announced the start of a New Hampshire Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in her state. Fighting the rising rates of prescription drug abuse in New Hampshire, Hassan launched the New Hampshire Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to effectively use technology to fight the growing problem.

In her announcement, Governor Maggie Hassan addressed both the problem and her hope that the drug monitoring program will be a step in the right direction.

“Our prescription drug monitoring program is an important tool that will ensure stronger oversight of controlled substance prescriptions, help identify potential abuse, and help prevent doctor shopping," Hassan said. "We will continue working with public health and safety officials, the law enforcement community, and health care providers to refine the program and improve the health and safety of our families, our communities, and our state.”

New Hampshire medical providers and pharmacists who are authorized to prescribe or dispense schedule II-IV controlled substances within the state can register with the program. Once registered, medical providers and pharmacists will be able to use the information in the database to vet their potential patients. The goal is to be able to effectively review any prescription drug history a patient may have prior to prescribing or dispensing controlled substances.

By using the new program as a tool in their practice, doctors, and pharmacists can help promote public health and safety through bolstering overall prevention methodologies. The hope is that the program will assist in the reduction of the diversion of controlled prescription drugs into the hands of abusers and addicts. A little behind the proverbial curve, New Hampshire joins 48 other states that currently have prescription drug monitoring programs in place.

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