Drug Abuse Agenda Moves Ahead In W.Va. Legislature

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The five bills that make up the West Virginia Senate's bid to curb prescription drug abuse are now being considered by the House of Delegates.

Cabell County sen. Evan Jenkins says the bills, the last two of which were passed Wednesday, will help reduce drug abuse, promote safety and save money.

House leaders are looking favorably on the legislation, although questions remain about one bill in particular.

That would require all pharmacies to give pharmacists access to the state's online prescription drug database.

Jenkins says two large chains, Rite Aid and CVS, currently restrict employee internet access.

Calls to the corporate offices of both were not immediately returned Thursday.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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