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Ala. gov's panel examines prescription drug abuse

Associated Press Modified: October 22, 2012 at 9:46 am •  Published: October 22, 2012

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's physician governor told a national conference that medical professionals who help patients abuse prescription drugs should lose their licenses.

Gov. Robert Bentley is co-chairman of a new program of the National Governors Association that is searching for ways to stop prescription drug abuse. He spoke Monday as the group opened a two-day meeting in Montgomery. More than 100 people are attending.

Bentley said he practiced medicine for 34 years and never wrote a prescription for the pain killer OxyContin. He said more education about prescription drug abuse is needed for patients and for medical professionals throughout their careers.