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Calif. AG seeks money for prescription database
The Mercury News

A system that tracks prescription drugs and has assisted in several celebrity death investigations is in jeopardy of ending, prompting California’s top law enforcement official to seek new funding. The state created the nation’s first prescription drug monitoring program in 1939 and shifted to a computerized database in 1997. The online system tracks prescriptions written by doctors and filled by pharmacies. It also has been used in recent years in the death investigations of Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith and actor Corey Haim, among others.