To combat drug abuse, N.J. keeping track of prescriptions

New Jersey has a new tool to aid in the fight against prescription drug abuse.

The New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program will track every prescription that’s filled for controlled dangerous substances.

Attorney General Jeff Chiesa said Wednesday that will help authorities detect drug abuse, as well as prosecute any criminal acts.

“We’re now going to be able to see that kind of activity in terms of individuals who may be shopping around to different pharmacies,” Chiesa said. “Also, if we see pharmacies or certain prescribers prescribing usually large amounts of certain kinds of powerful pain medications, we’ll be able to act there as well.”

The state Division of Consumer Affairs will review the database every 15 days and refer any unusual behavior to law enforcement officials for investigation.

Physicians will have access to information about their own patients so they can become aware of abuse and suggest treatment for addictions.

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