drug monitoring http://nhpr.org en Calif.'s Prescription-Drug Monitoring System Feels Pain From Budget Cuts http://nhpr.org/post/califs-prescription-drug-monitoring-system-feels-pain-budget-cuts This is a story about what can happen when no one is looking. For the patients at Universal Pain Management, a medical clinic in northern Los Angeles County, Dr. Francis Riegler is always looking.<p>Riegler huddles with the clinic's nurse practitioner over a computer printout. The one-page report from the state's drug-tracking system shows that a patient was on the hunt for more Vicodin, a powerful pain reliever that he was already getting from Riegler's clinic.<p>California has the oldest continuous prescription-drug monitoring program in the U.S., dating to 1939. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 07:43:00 +0000 Sarah Varney 3025 at http://nhpr.org Calif.'s Prescription-Drug Monitoring System Feels Pain From Budget Cuts Report: Prescription Drug Abuse Rampant http://nhpr.org/post/report-prescription-drug-abuse-rampant <p>A <a href="http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/commission.htm">governor&rsquo;s commission</a> has released a report detailing surprising levels of prescription drug abuse in New Hampshire. The commission&rsquo;s findings give weight to a push to create a prescription drug monitoring program in the state.</p><p>According to the<a href="http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/documents/calltoactionnh.pdf"> report</a>, almost 17 percent of 18 to 25-year-olds in New Hampshire say they have abused prescription drugs in the past year.&nbsp;That&rsquo;s the second highest rate in the country.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 21:59:56 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 1672 at http://nhpr.org Report: Prescription Drug Abuse Rampant