New law aims to prevent opioid abuse in veterans

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A bill aimed at preventing opioid abuse among veterans is now law.

The bill, which was signed by President Trump Tuesday, directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to send prescription information to a state-controlled substance monitoring program. The goal is to create an electronic paper trail to highlight patients who may be shopping around for pills. New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster was one the of bill's sponsors.

"Sometimes the very first signs of dependency and substance use disorder is a person going doctor to doctor or pharmacy to pharmacy shopping to get access to medication. Instead, we want the physician to know that this going on,” said Kuster, D-New Hampshire

Kuster says the goal of the bill is early intervention so people can get treatment to address their substance abuse disorder.