COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - The state inspector general says prescription painkiller abuse is rampant in South Carolina, but there's little statewide effort to combat it.
Inspector General Patrick Maley has released a report recommending that legislators, state officials and the medical community work together to rein in the escalating epidemic.
His recommendations include requiring physicians to participate in the Prescription Monitoring Program, a centralized database that can identify so-called “doctor shoppers” who go to multiple physicians to abuse or resell.
But Maley says only 22% of doctors statewide have registered and even fewer participate.
The state's Medicaid agency asked for the review, due to its increased spending on prescription painkillers such as oxycodone.