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Prescription drug monitoring program begins

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WISCONSIN (WKOW) -- The state will get a better idea about who's receiving prescription drugs starting Monday.  As part of Wisconsin's new prescription drug monitoring program, pharmacists, health care providers and law enforcement officers will begin submitting information about the use of drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, fentanyl and other controlled substances.

The program was signed into law years ago, but is just now getting underway.  Dispensers began collecting data in January and as of April 1, can upload that information to the state-wide database.  By April 29 they will be required to, according to the state Department of Safety and Professional Services. 

The goal of the program is to help law enforcement and health providers better track prescription drug abuse.  There are about 1,200 pharmacies in Wisconsin that will be impacted by the law.

In June 1, health care providers and others will be able to access the information.

The majority of U.S. states have prescription drug monitoring programs. Click here for more information on the state database.

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