Michigan House approves $2.5 million prescription database overhaul

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By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state database that tracks prescriptions of powerful painkillers may be on track for an overhaul amid a national addiction epidemic.

The House approved a bill Thursday to spend about $2.5 million to revamp the system. It’s among the recommendations from a task force that worked on responses to opioid addiction.

State figures show the number of opioid-related deaths has tripled since 1999.

Republican Rep. Anthony Forlini says doctors don’t have good information. He says it can lead to new prescriptions for people who already have plenty.

The bill also could make it easier for family members to get overdose rescue drugs. It now goes to the Senate.