Police department assists with passage of revised PDMP (Arkansas)

http://www.thv11.com/story/news/crime/2015/04/14/benton-police-prescription-drug-monitoring-program/25777683/

The PDMP has been extremely helpful in diverting medicine out of the hands of those that would attempt to “doctor shop” and work the system to obtain countless prescriptions for opioids (pain killers). It was discovered there was a missing link in the PDMP with law enforcement not being able to obtain vital information needed to charge and arrest those involved in prescription fraud operations…

Benton Police Chief Kirk Lane was part of a group that was instrumental in working with legislators recently to achieve an amendment to the PDMP that allows certain law enforcement investigators access to the prescription drug monitoring program to enhance investigative capability…

In addition to the BNPD, there were many others involved in the successful passage of this bill. The Rotary Club of Arkansas… The Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Arkansas Pharmacy Association (APA), and the Arkansas State Police (ASP) were all instrumental in providing input and support for the passage of this bill…

According to Chief Kirk Lane, “…We realize we can’t arrest our way out of this problem, but…

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