The Alabama Senate has approved a statewide database to help cut down on prescription drug abuse.
The database would keep track of all prescriptions of controlled substances.
Senators say that information will help investigators find doctors who over prescribe drugs to individual patients, as well as people who go doctor shopping to get medications from more than one physician.
The bill's sponsor says he began working on the bill largely because of deaths from overdoses of painkillers like Oxycontin.
A $300,000 federal grant will pay for the database's creation.
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