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Oklahoma House Passes Prescription Drug Monitoring Bill

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The Oklahoma House has approved prescription drug monitoring legislation that is one of Gov. Mary Fallin's top priorities for the 2015 Legislature.

House members voted 64-30 for the measure Monday and sent it to the Senate for debate and a vote. The bill was approved without opposition last week by the House Alcohol, Tobacco and Controlled Substances Committee.

The measure by Republican Rep. Doug Cox of Grove requires health care providers to consult a prescription drug repository before prescribing or refilling opiates and a variety of other narcotics.

In her State of the State speech last week, Fallin called on lawmakers to pass a prescription drug monitoring bill that cracks down on "doctor shopping" and ensures that narcotics are not being prescribed to addicts.

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