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Ohio board: Drug-tracking website use continues to improve

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By JULIE CARR SMYTH
AP Statehouse Correspondent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio pharmacy board says use of a state website intended to help curb misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers continues to rise after enforcement and education efforts.

Spokesman Cameron McNamee said requests for patient information from the site hit an all-time daily high of 143,340 on Monday. That's up from about 84,000 average daily checks before warning letters warning physicians to comply with state laws tracking painkiller prescriptions were issued in September.

The website lets doctors check drug histories before prescribing additional painkillers.

The Ohio State Medical Association representing physicians had criticized the state Medical Board for scaring and confusing many of its members with the tone of the warning letters. They went to about 12,000 doctors, or roughly a third of physicians statewide. Most infractions were minor.

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