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Doctors Aren't Always Using Drug Tracking Program

Indiana doctors like to prescribe pain medications but they don’t often make use of an electronic system that helps to detect drug abuse.

A new study shows that nearly 90 percent of Indiana's doctors and dentists said they had prescribed controlled substances within the past year.

Most doctors say that they used the INSPECT drug tracking system, but only about 20 percent said they had used it within the past month and just over 12 percent had used it on a daily basis.

The main reason given for not using the system was mainly time constraints. Another major problem was the seven day wait for system results to show if there was a problem.

Some pain medications are over prescribed but even police acknowledge it is often difficult to tell if a patient is faking chronic pain.

Another concern of doctors is patient privacy and reporting patient treatment to a central government agency.