'It's Shameful': Dayton Responds to KSTP Investigation Finding Thousands of Minn. Doctors are Breaking Law

May 15, 2018 09:54 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton calls it a shameful and appalling response to the opioid epidemic.

The governor responded Tuesday to a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation that found thousands of doctors who are breaking the law, and state regulators are doing little to enforce it.

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The report, which aired Monday, found more than 5,000 doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other medical professionals violated state law by failing to sign up for the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).

They were required to register for an account by last summer.

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“It’s shameful. Doctors have to be a part of the solution in this epidemic. First of all, I didn’t realize there was no penalty for not complying, which goes to show again how tepid the initiatives have been up until now,” Dayton said.

The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that it did not have the technology or the time to identify all the doctors who are in violation.

The governor didn’t buy that excuse.

“I was appalled by their statement – well, we aren’t going to look into it," Dayton said. "If they want the personnel and resources to do what they should be doing then they should come to me or the legislature and ask… so I think it was a really important report to bring to light.”

A panel of lawmakers and advocates responded to the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation and share their own personal stories tied to the epidemic Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on Ch. 5.

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