Funding for Connecticut's Drug Database to End This Year
a Connecticut Mirror report.
The database, which costs about $200,000 a year to maintain, began operations in 2008 and is funded through federal grant money and settlements with pharmaceutical companies. The system requires a program manager and a vendor contract for the database that holds prescription information.
"We'd be in a lot of trouble without it," said David Kloth, MD, past president and executive director of the Connecticut Pain Society and a pain management specialist who practices in Danbury and Waterbury. "It is absolutely an essential part of managing pain patients today. The incidence of drug abuse in this country is epidemic."
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