The Diamond State has launched the Delaware Prescription Monitoring Program in order to combat the illegal practice of "doctor shopping."


The Diamond State has launched the Delaware Prescription Monitoring Program in order to combat the illegal practice of "doctor shopping."

This is a phenomenon whereby addicts receive multiple prescriptions for the same drug from many different doctors for personal or commercial use.

Gov. Jack Markell signed the legislation that establishes the program and a prescription monitoring database containing information about prescription drugs dispensed to patients statewide Thursday, July 15 outside of Christiana Hospital. 

Pharmacies, excluding those in healthcare facilities, would be required to report specific information to the program.  Doctors will consult this database before prescribing medications to check drug interactions and to screen for possible drug abuse.

More than 30 other states that have a similar program.

Attorney General Beau Biden White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Dr. R. Gil Kerlikowske, state legislators and healthcare professionals joined Markell at the launch on Thursday.

 "Illegal prescription drug abuse destroys families and is a public safety issue," Biden said.  "Abusers exploit the system to support their destructive drug use or drug trafficking activity. Delaware's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program … gives law enforcement a powerful new tool to combat this growing threat."