Summit Physician Talks Controlled Substance Monitoring

As of Monday, doctors prescribing painkillers are required to check their patient's history of using painkillers through a controlled substance monitoring database.

The new requirement is one of the changes in the Tennessee Prescription Safety Act that Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law in May 2012.

Dr. Anthony Wilson of UT Medical Center says doctors at his hospital have used the database for years. He says they have prevented abuse from happening.

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