Reports: Texas program aims to curb drug abuse


NEW YORK — A new program in Texas aims to track prescribed controlled substances to catch dealers and abusers, according to published reports.

The Associated Press reported that the Texas Department of Public Safety had created Prescription Access in Texas, an online database that healthcare professionals and law enforcement officials can immediately access to see what drugs a patient has received in the state in the last year.

The article noted that in the Dallas area, 14.5% of high school students had admitted to using an illegally obtained prescription drug in the last 30 days.

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