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Boost in drug-monitoring funds

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 13, 2004

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The federal government is expected to provide more money for state prescription-monitoring programs next year than it did for the previous two years combined.

When Congress passed its budget for fiscal year 2005 last month, it included $10 million for the Harold Rogers Prescription Monitoring Grant Program. Since its beginning in 2002, the program has funneled $16.5 million to individual states and the Alexandria, Va.-based National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws organization, including $6.9 million this year and $2.9 million in 2003.

Grants will be awarded by the U.S. Dept. of Justice, said Mike Robinson, legislative director for U.S. Rep. Harold Rogers (R, Ky.).

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/12/13/prbf1213.htm.

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