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The State Senate gave final approval to legislation this week that requires doctors or their designees to check Tennessee’s Controlled Substance Monitoring Database before initially prescribing an opioid or benzodiazepine substance.
Senate Bill 2253, sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman, comes after a Tennessee Drug Diversion Task Force report showed 56 percent of patients who receive opioid prescriptions have filled another opioid prescription within the previous 30 days.
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