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NM eyes plans to curb prescription drug abuse

June 20, 2012 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s pharmacy and medical boards are considering proposals that call for greater scrutiny from doctors and pharmacists in giving prescriptions for opioid painkillers.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/KQBpVv ) that the state Board of Pharmacy will consider various proposals, including one to increase the number of prescribers who use the state’s prescription-drug monitoring program.

The move comes as New Mexico’s overall drug-overdose death rate is the highest in the country. New statistics from the state Department of Health show a dramatic rise in the sale of opioid drugs, up 131 percent from 2001 to 2010.

“The board was very alarmed at the overdose rate in the state,” Login to read more

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