MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Last month, President Barack Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act into law, which was co-introduced by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

The legislation encourages states and local communities to use proven strategies in the fight against addiction.

Klobuchar has now also co-introduced another bill, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Act. This legislation would require doctors to use prescription drug monitoring programs before prescribing painkillers.

“Yes, it’s some extra work, [doctors] will have to enter in these prescriptions,” Klobuchar said at a press conference. “But there’s absolutely no way to monitor when people are going around, going to different doctors.”

The senator said one doctor claimed to have a patient who obtained 108 different prescriptions from 85 different doctors in the Upper Midwest.

Klobuchar also recently co-introduced the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act, which would create a permanent funding stream for substance abuse treatment.


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