As of October 2, doctors and other healthcare providers must check a statewide database before prescribing any Schedule II-IV drug. It’s called CURES: the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System. It’s a prescription-drug monitoring program to curb pill-popping and doctor-shopping.
The law also applies to dentists, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and others.
In the 24 hours before you write a prescription (or the prior business day), you must log in to CURES and run a report on the patient. You must do it the first time you prescribe the drug and every four months after that during treatment. If you don’t do it the first time because an exemption applies, you have to do it the next time unless an exemption applies again. The Medical Board will audit the system to assess compliance.
The exemptions apply if you prescribe in the following situations:
Can you be sued for not checking CURES? No.
But you can get in trouble with the Board, so tread carefully.