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Doctors required to check history when prescribing painkillers

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(WMC-TV) - As of Monday, Tennessee doctors who prescribe painkillers and other controlled substances will be required to check their patients' prescription history.

The new requirement was signed into law last year to prevent abuse and doctor shopping.

The state's controlled substance monitoring database has been around since 2006 – and now prescribers will be required to use it.

Tennessee has some of the nation's highest prescription drug abuse rates.

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