Gov. Joe Manchin has signed four bills to curtail the diversion of prescription drugs.

He signed the bills Thursday at the first West Virginia Regional-National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators meeting. The group works with police, doctors, regulators and pharmaceutical companies to prevent and investigate prescription drug diversion.

“Prescription drug abuse is a very serious issue and I ask all of our police officers, doctors, regulators and pharmaceutical companies to continue to work in partnership and take an active stance to put a stop to it in West Virginia,” Manchin said.

One law requires prescriptions to be written on official tamperproof paper and requires practitioners to report any loss of a prescription to the pharmacy board.

The other laws require access to the West Virginia Controlled Substances Monitoring Program database for all prescribers or dispensers, and increase penalties for withholding information to get a controlled substance prescription.

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