Brown Votes in Favor of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
10/24/2013
HARRISBURG – With the intent of cracking down on prescription drug abuse and specifically illegal drug sales in the 189th District and across Pennsylvania, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) joined the majority of her colleagues in the House in supporting House Bill 1694, which would create a confidential prescription drug monitoring database for professionals who prescribe or dispense prescription medication.

“Unfortunately the medicine cabinet has become one of our newest drug dealers when it comes to prescription drug abuse across the state, and this bill was designed to potentially save lives and lessen crime rates,” said Brown.

The new program would replace the attorney general’s existing Schedule II database, which only tracks a very narrow category of prescription drugs and does not make any information collected accessible to doctors and pharmacists.

House Bill 1694 would include Schedules II through V that will be a great help to doctors, pharmacists and law enforcement to improve patient care and prescribing practices, while helping to uncover drug diversion, identify “doctor shopping” and provide training for health care professionals in prevention, identification of drug problems and referral when appropriate.

“It is my hope that with the right measures in place, prescription drug abuse can be accurately identified to offer superior patient care and also to stop illegal prescription drug sales which have become extremely evident in our region,” said Brown.

House Bill 1694 now heads to the state Senate for consideration. It has the support of nearly 30 different stakeholders across the state.

For more information on House Bill 1694, contact Brown’s district office located at 696 Seven Bridge Road, Suite 101, East Stroudsburg, by calling 570-420-8301. Information on legislative news can also be found on RepBrown.com and on Facebook.com/RepBrown.

Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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