to more than 2,400 health care providers warning of patients who may be doctor shopping to
obtain drugs illegally. The letters identify people who have obtained large quantities of drugs
from multiple doctors and pharmacies. In the first 10 months of this year, the state Board of
Pharmacy flagged about 194 patients. The unusual step represents an aggressive new
enforcement tactic by the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program. It also has triggered a debate
over the privacy rights of patients and the risk of smothering doctors in paperwork.