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Tech problems may crimp launch of state’s new prescription drug database
Los Angeles Times

One week before California unveils an enhanced prescription drug database, some health providers say the upgraded program will be incompatible with their computer systems, hobbling their access to the tool that is meant to combat drug abuse.

Nearly every state in the country operates a prescription drug monitoring program, which tracks when certain narcotics are prescribed and dispensed. After a Times investigation found California’s existing drug database, the Controlled Substances Utilization Review and Evaluation System, or CURES, was woefully underused and underfunded, lawmakers passed a law in 2013 to increase funding for the system.