W.Va. Laws Crack Down On Prescriptions

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Joe Manchin has signed four bills designed to curtail the diversion of prescription drugs in West Virginia.

He signed the bills during a ceremony Thursday at the first West Virginia Regional-National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators meeting.

The group works with police, doctors, regulators and pharmaceutical companies to prevent and investigate prescription drug diversion.

One of the laws requires prescriptions to be written on official tamperproof paper and requires practitioners to report any loss of a prescription to the pharmacy board.

The other laws require access to the West Virginia controlled substances monitoring program database for all prescribers or dispensers.

They also increase penalties for withholding information in order to get a prescription for a controlled substance.

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