N.J. and Pa. Now Sharing Prescription Drug Monitoring Information

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Camden officials and two New Jersey Congressmen met on Monday, June 12, to discuss another weapon in fighting the opioid epidemic — information.

Democratic Congressman Donald Norcross and Republican Congressman Patrick Meehan from Pennsylvania discussed why they think it is important to share prescription drug monitoring program information across state lines.

The two men have been working to get all the states in the region to share information to help prevent opioid abuse and get addicts the help they need.

The plan would allow hospitals in different states to share databases to help ensure a patient is not getting multiple prescriptions from doctors or hospitals in multiple states.

Officials want to put an end to the addiction crisis and say they need everyone to work together to make it happen.

"Addiction is not only for individuals in inner cities," says Francisco “Frank” Moran, president of the Camden City Council. "[And] it's not only for individuals who are less educated. Addiction crosses all borders, all waters, all boundaries, and we have to come together to attack it."

Pennsylvania and New Jersey started sharing information with each other this month and Delaware is expected to come on board in the near future.

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