You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Online painkiller database appears helpful

‘Doctor shopping’ reduced by 30%

A two-year-old online database that allows Massachusetts physicians and others who prescribe painkillers to check whether their patients may be addicts who are “doctor shopping” for powerful drugs appears to be helping stem that abuse, state health officials said Wednesday.

An analysis of a small sample of providers enrolled in the program showed a 30 percent drop in the number of their patients with questionable activity — defined as patients who filled four or more narcotic prescriptions from at least four pharmacies within six months.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week