It took years and numerous setbacks before Florida lawmakers finally created a prescription drug monitoring program in 2011. The database is designed to cut down on “doctor-shopping,” the practice of going to multiple doctors for prescriptions. But two recent stories show problems related to the database.
The American Civil Liberties Union is investigating how individuals’ information ended up in the hands of defense attorneys and prosecutors.
And this story says only 10 percent of doctors and one-third of pharmacists are using the database.