San Diego Doctors Register to California’s Drug Monitoring Database to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse
Over 100 San Diego physicians registered last week to California’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) to prevent prescription drug abuse.
CURES contains more than 100 million entries of controlled substance drugs that were dispensed in California. It was designed to help doctors and pharmacies make better prescribing decisions and reduce incidents of prescription drug abuse and overdoses in the state.
The 2012 Prescription Drug Abuse Report Card found that deaths due to prescription drug overdoses in San Diego exceed the number of people dying from highway accidents, homicides, and suicides. Last year, prescription drugs were involved in the deaths of 267 San Diegans — a 27 percent increase from 2007. Overdoses were either as a result of abuse or accidental. The prescription medications killing the most people were Methadone, Oxycodone, Valium, Hydrocodone, Morphine, and Xanax.
With CURES, however, registered health care providers would be able to care and help patients who may be abusing controlled substances.
“When a physician sees there’s an abusive pattern or addictive pattern, they will be able to refer those patients into some type of a treatment program for one of the issues they have, which is addiction. They may have an underlying health issue, that needs to be looked at also,” Tom Lenox, supervisory special agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration, told KPBS.