N.E. governors huddle to push for better monitoring of prescription painkiller trafficking

HARTFORD, Conn. – New England governors convened Tuesday in Massachusetts in an attempt to come up with a way to more effectively monitor cross-border prescription painkiller trafficking as part of a strategy to stem a regional spike in heroin overdoses and abuse of other opioids.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined his fellow governors from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont to set up a system for sharing information between the states’ prescription drug monitoring programs in an effort to stop a practice known as “doctor shopping.”

When he returned Tuesday afternoon to Connecticut, Malloy held a ceremonial bill signing regarding legislation that would allow a family member or a friend to request a prescription for Naloxone hydrochloride, or Narcan, from any health care official. The drug helps reverse an opioid or heroin overdose.

“Narcan saves lives,” was the popular phrase used by many at the press conference.

“There’s nothing about Narcan that can do anything other than save a life,” Patricia Rehmer, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, said. “No side effects, no potential for abuse, just a medication that helps people who are suffering from an overdose of some sort of opiate.”

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2 responses to “N.E. governors huddle to push for better monitoring of prescription painkiller trafficking”

  1. One and Done.

    That’s what we need, a regional FDA. Since more government is always the answer.

  2. Suzanne

    I don’t know why CT could not go “that far” in having a centralized database of opiate prescriptions. In addition, some doctors would rather treat their patients with drugs rather than do a diagnostic work up to ascertain whether the addictive medications are merited. Under any other circumstances, it would be called “drug pushing.” A controlled substance in this state requires a script – where are the drug shoppers getting the paperwork if not from the MD’s (or by stealing a prescription pad which should be reported by the MD ASAP?) I think Malloy did lip-service on this very serious problem which, as One and Done. points out, is another layer of government already heavily regulated by the Feds.

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