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Calif. attorney general seeks drug database funds
San Francisco Chronicle

Legislation that would provide funding for California’s substance-abuse tracking system passed its first committee on Monday at the urging of state Attorney General Kamala Harris. The state’s prescription drug database allows doctors and pharmacists to quickly review patients’ substance history as a way to deter drug abuse and to make sure patients aren’t taking harmful combinations of drugs. Harris wants money to maintain and upgrade the database and to pay for teams of agents that would track doctors who improperly prescribe large quantities of controlled substances.

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