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GA House OK's prescription database

ATLANTA (AP) - The House has cleared a bill that would create a prescription drug database, allowing doctors and pharmacists to check a patient's history of drug use.

The bill passed by a 117-45 vote on Thursday after more than an hour of debate.

Opponents said the bill could infringe on patient privacy.

But supporters, including the measure's sponsor state Rep. Tom Weldon, said it's needed to curb abuses by addicts or drug dealers.

Doctors, dentists and pharmacists could search the database. Law enforcement would need a warrant to access the records.

The bill was amended from one that passed in the state Senate so it must return there for approval of the changes before it heads to Gov. Nathan Deal's desk.

Senate Bill 36: http://www.legis.ga.gov

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