The Daily Herald
Program helps track prescriptions to ensure they aren’t being abused

Calling addiction to opiates and similar drugs “a scourge,” Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday approved legislation that seeks to make better use of a state-sponsored prescription monitoring program to fight “doctor-shopping” by addicts.

The bill (HB 2730) makes it easier for physicians and others prescribing drugs to get information about whether a patient has previously been prescribed so-called “opioid” drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.