Calls for alcohol inclusion in drug monitoring system

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced this week the Electronic Recording and Reporting of Controlled Drugs system developed by the Tasmanian government would be made available to doctors, pharmacists and state and territory health authorities across Australia from 1 July.

The $5 million system will monitor the prescribing and dispensing of addictive drugs in real time, allowing practitioners and administrators to immediately detect people suspected of trafficking in painkillers, forging prescriptions and ‘doctor-shopping’.

Health professionals will be