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HELENA — The Montana Legislature has passed a bill to make it more difficult for people to obtain prescription painkillers from multiple doctors.

House Bill 83 calls for creating a prescription drug registry, which would help doctors and pharmacists identify people who were seeking the same medication from multiple doctors.

Pharmacies would be required to report when they fill a prescription for drugs such as narcotics, stimulants and depressants.

The Board of Pharmacy would be allowed to review the registry for possible misuse and diversion of controlled substances, while doctors could review their own prescriptions to check for fraud.

The bill passed the House 87-10 last month and the Senate approved it 43-7 on Friday. It now goes to the governor for his signature.

The bill was requested by the Justice Department.

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