Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson is backing a legislative proposal to fight prescription drug abuse.
He says the state is one of two that does not have a mandatory prescription monitoring program.
“It allows pharmacies to see whether or not a person is, basically, doctor shopping and taking prescriptions for a variety of different drugs to either feed their own addiction, or to get the drugs and sell them,” Peterson says.
He also joined 35 other attorneys general to ask the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to adopt proposed guidelines for prescribing pain killers, such as morphine and codeine.
Peterson says some doctors over-prescribe the highly addictive drugs, while others shy away from giving them to patients.
“We want physicians out there to have some reference guidelines,” he says, “because it seems as if the prescription of these pain killers is inconsistent.”
Peterson says doctors do not have to follow the guidelines, but he believes the standards will help others.
He says the prescription monitoring program would be mandatory in order to make the program work.