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Law enforcement agencies calling for statewide prescription database

MADISON - Several Wisconsin law enforcement agencies stand behind a proposal at the Capitol which would create a statewide prescription drug database.

Wisconsin is one of only 10 states which don't have one. State Controlled Substances Board member Darold Treffert says states with that kind of monitoring have seen faked prescription cases drop by 30 percent. The DEA reports deaths from prescription drug overdoses now out-number deaths from heroin and cocaine combined.

State Representative Gary Sherman (D-Bayfield) says he introduced the legislation after he heard from a coalition of law enforcement officials, tribal leaders and medical professionals in Ashland and Bayfield counties.