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The governor and state lawmakers are proposing new prescription limits to fight opioid abuse.  But they also want to require physicians use a long-standing drug monitoring database—raising the question, why wasn’t it mandatory to begin with?

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Officials overseeing the state’s Prescription Drug Management Program, or PDMP, say they’re planning changes, even though they contend they’re not responsible for earlier reports that more than 3,000 records weren’t secure enough to keep them from being accessed by law enforcement.