NH gets grant to monitor prescription drugs

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s attorney general says the state will get a $400,000 federal grant to electronically monitor prescription drug use and abuse.

Attorney General Joseph Foster says the U.S. Department of Justice is awarding the grant to help the state implement a prescription drug monitoring program.

New Hampshire last year became the 49th state to enact a monitoring program.

The electronic database will enable a physician to view a patient’s history of filling prescriptions in New Hampshire and detect signs of drug dependence, misuse, diversion or doctor shopping.

Foster said Thursday that prescription drug abuse is the fastest rising epidemic in the United States. He said more people died of accidental drug overdoses than in car accidents last year in New Hampshire.

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