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Pharmacies work to eliminate prescription drug problems

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 Pharmacies around the state are working to keep controlled substances off the streets.
 

The use of electronic prescriptions in West Virginia is picking up steam, and according to pharmacist Aaron Gwinn- it's for good reason.

"I think that the electronic prescribing of controlled substances because it tightly closes the loop between the doctor and the pharmacy with really tight security protocols that would prevent forgeries from occurring," says Gwinn.

Forgeries that happen when a paper prescription falls in to the wrong hands. A problem eliminated when the prescription is sent straight to the pharmacy using a computer program. Gwinn says that with that program, "there's no way that a quantity of 12 can be changed to a quantity of 120 or a refill of 0 changed to a refill of 10."

 Pharmacists say programs like the electronic prescriptions are important for keeping drugs out of the hands of the wrong people. 

Aaron Taylor is also a pharmacist at Greenbrier Medical Arts Pharmacy. He believes that these programs help make their jobs safer.

"The more controls we have the easier it makes it for us to verify legitimacy of the prescription to make sure duplicate prescriptions aren't being filled in multiple places. It keeps the supply down. It won't stop everything from getting to the street, but if we can stop people from getting addicted in the first place we can hopefully curb this problem," says Taylor.

In addition, companies are producing alternative drugs, particularly aimed at reducing the ability to cook Methamphetamine. Nexafed serves the same purpose as Sudafed, but contains additives that stop the user from being able to remove the prominent drug from the medicine for illegal use. 

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