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One in three Bay State doctors doling out potentially addictive narcotics under the state's revamped prescription monitoring program aren't actively searching the system for pill shoppers, despite a celebrated new law mandating checks with every new prescription. The gap, detailed in data provided by the Department of Public Health, comes as officials have pointed to the Bay State system as a model in pushing for a nationwide requirement for doctors to check prescription tracking systems, a strategy used to weed out doctor-shopping amid the country's opioid epidemic.
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OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.