Maine’s prescription monitoring program turns 10 years old this month. Upon its founding in July 2004, Maine envisioned the potential to identify patients who “doctor shop” — visiting multiple medical practices to score narcotics and other drugs — and prevent the diversion and abuse of painkillers.
After a decade of monitoring in Maine, the program still has much to achieve against the drug abuse and pill diversion problem it was established to combat. But a slate of new reforms to the program, along with increased understanding of opiate abuse by government agencies and medical professionals, promise a better future in Maine’s fight against prescription drug abuse.
Other top health stories this week:
AUGUSTA, Maine — More than 70 people called on the LePage administration Tuesday to require disclosure of phthalates, a group of chemicals used to soften plastics that studies have linked to serious health problems.
Chikungunya — pronounced chik-en-GUN-ya — causes fever and joint pain. Other symptoms of the mosquito-borne infection may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling and rash. While rarely fatal, symptoms from the infection can linger for months and become debilitating.
From our bloggers
Pattie Reaves, After the Couch
One week after we planned (she takes after her mother’s side of the family), Felicity Jean Reaves was born on Monday, July 21 2014 at 11:27 p.m.
Diane Atwood, Catching Health
I know you think the bubbling action is awesome and proof that it’s doing what it was meant to do — killing all the bad stuff.
Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell