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Study: Doctors Could Do More To Prevent Prescription Drug Overdoses

California has an online database called CURES, that physicians can use to see if a patient is doctor-shopping for dangerous drugs. A new study from two San Diego doctors suggests a lot of drug overdose deaths could be prevented if more physicians used the database.

The study examined all of the 254 prescription-related overdose deaths in San Diego County in 2013, most of which involved the use of prescription painkillers. In 73% of the fatalities, people took drugs that were in the CURES system.