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High-tech drug database makes debut

September 15, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A high-tech drug database was announced by the Attorney General's office Tuesday.The system will monitor doctors' prescription histories and help prevent "drug seekers" or people who go shopping for doctors, to get prescription medications.

Doctors and law enforcement will be able to track your drug history online instantly with this new database.

This was prompted by the drug related deaths of Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith.

Even if you're not a celebrity, investigators say you can always find doctors who will give you just about any prescription medication you want.

The state has set up a high-tech online monitoring system that will allow doctors and law enforcement to identify and stop prescription-drug seekers from doctor-shopping and abusing prescription drugs.

Each record will have a patient's name, drug record, the pharmacy where they got the drugs and the doctor's name.

This new database replaces the existing system by eliminating paperwork.

Anna Nicole Smith died in 2007 and prosecutors say two doctors helped to get number of medications to her in the last years of her life.

Michael Jackson died on June 25 and the coroner says it was an overdose of the powerful prescription sedative Propofol.

He was apparently using fake names over the years to get the drugs, and in the end was getting prescriptions from his private physician, Dr. Conrad Murray.

Officials say the new database will be able to track that as well.

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