Klobuchar Backs Opioid Bill

Would Help Stop Drug-Seeking Behavior

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar helped introduce a bill today that would require prescription drug monitoring programs for all states that receive federal funding for opioid abuse.

It would also make prescription data available across stateliness, making it easier for doctors to be more familiar with patients who have drug-seeking behavior.

Klobuchar said the legislation was inspired by the opioid addiction problem in the Northland.

“The idea came from the Northland,” Klobuchar said. “I had a major forum in Duluth with doctors and law enforcement … and they talked about how frustrating it is when people are going to other states like Wisconsin or North Dakota, or Iowa, and they get prescriptions and then you don’t really know about it.”

Klobuchar told us today, that she believes the legislation has a good chance of passing.

According to a press release from Klobuchar’s office, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Act would:

· Require drug dispensers in covered states to report to the PDMP each opioid prescription that they dispense to patients within 24 hours.

· Require practitioners in covered states to consult the PDMP before prescribing opioids to patients.

· Require states to actively notify practitioners when the PDMP shows that a patient exhibits patterns indicative of opioid misuse.