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Ohio Providers Battle Painkiller Abuse With Military Technology

07/30/12

  01:12:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 125 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Ohio Providers Battle Painkiller Abuse With Military Technology

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports on high-tech efforts by southern Ohio health care providers to combat painkiller abuse:

“Starting this week, patients must submit to a fingerprint scan to see a doctor at one hospital system. At several pharmacies, patients must use fingerprint IDs to get their prescriptions filled.

“The one-year pilot program, announced Thursday, was green-lighted in recent weeks by the state’s Republican Gov. John Kasich. If the technology works, fingerprint scans could become more commonplace in Ohio – a state where an average of 67 opioid painkillers are prescribed to every resident each year, state data show.”

The biometric tools used to perform the scans are similar to those used by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, the blog notes.

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