Wisconsin law enforcement officials say the abuse and unauthorized sale of prescription drugs is leading to crime and sometimes fatal overdoses. They say a secure database that monitors dispensing of narcotics could help catch and deter offenders.
The cops call it ‘drug diversion’: getting pills by stealing someone else’s prescription; or pretending to need pain control and going doctor shopping to throw off suspicion about large quantities. In Dodge County, one man is suspected of obtaining 900 pills over three months. Detective Brian Drum told lawmakers that Wisconsin needs to do what other states have done: create a database that could track how many pills one person is getting, sometimes from multiple sources.
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