In an effort to control a growing drug dependency problem in Massachusetts, the Substance Abuse Bill won unanimous approval in the Massachusetts Senate. According to WCVB Boston, although the bill has the words "substance abuse' in it, it generally aims at trying to cause a decrease in prescription pill abuse. The bill requires doctors to check with the state's prescription painkiller monitoring program before prescribing certain drugs based on a patient's history.
"Although prescription drugs are meant to help people, often times, they cause additions" said the head of the Substance Abuse Help Group. "Massachusetts has taken an excellent step toward improving the lives of their residents and their families as well as the quality of their communities."
Read the full story by WCVB. Also see our page Massachusetts Law About Prescription Medication