Prescription tracking adds ‘key tool’ in fight against rising tide of opioid deaths

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BOSTON — A new version of the state’s prescription monitoring system was scheduled to go live Monday, Aug. 22, after more than $6 million in upgrades, according to the Massachusetts Medical Society, which described the program as a key tool to fight misuse of prescription drugs.

The statewide physicians association is urging all health care providers to enroll in the updated program, called the Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool, or MassPAT.

“Physicians have been urging improvements to the monitoring program for some time, and Governor Baker and the Department of Public Health have delivered,” Dr. James Gessner, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said in a statement. “Substantial resources have been invested to improve the system, to make it easier for physicians to use and to access more information more quickly. It is now incumbent on physicians and all prescribers to participate.”

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