The new Oklahoma bill that was just signed into law should help prevent doctor shopping in the state. Doctor shopping is one of the effects of the prescription drug abuse problem in the United States. Drug seekers will go to multiple doctors in different networks to get many prescriptions for the same medication. Hopefully this new Oklahoma law will help cut down on how much doctor shopping is possible in the state.
Aimed at combating the rising rate of prescription drug abuse and misuse, House Bill 1948 was signed into law by the governor last Tuesday and will take effect on November 1 this year. Under the newly enacted law, all doctors will now to be required to check the patient database before prescribing highly addictive drugs, ensuring a patient isn’t “shopping doctors” to collect various prescriptions to fuel a deadly addiction.