Wolf, Shapiro unveil new tool to report prescription drug misuse

Tony Romeo
December 22, 2018 - 4:00 am
Shapiro (right) with Gov. Wolf announcing prescription drug reporting tool.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania has launched a new effort to allow for the anonymous reporting of suspicious activity regarding prescription drugs. 

So what exactly constitutes as "suspicious activity" when it comes to prescription drugs? 

“A whole bunch of prescription bottles of the same thing laying around in a home from different doctors," said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. "If they see an excessive amount of pills being taken, or someone going to lots of different appointments with relative frequency. These are kinds of things that a friend, loved one, family member, observer might notice.”

Likewise, people may see potentially unscrupulous practices among doctors, pharmacists or other health care professionals. 

The intent is get people the help they need and to stop the diversion of prescription drugs from their intended purposes. 

To anonymously report suspicious activity, health care professionals may use the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, while the public can go to attorneygeneral.gov/rx