CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - State officials say they believe a New Hampshire program launched two years ago to monitor drug prescriptions is working.
New Hampshire Public Radio reports data given to state officials earlier this month shows that prescriptions for narcotic painkillers fell by more than 13 percent in the past year.
The number of suspected "doctor shopping" cases, meaning patients who visit several providers and fill prescriptions at several pharmacies, dropped by nearly two-thirds in that period.
Officials with the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program say the data indicates doctors and nurses have changed how they prescribe opioids and how patients take them.
Forty percent of controlled substances dispensed in New Hampshire are opioids. About 33 percent of residents received at least one prescription for a drug with the potential for abuse.
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