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Illegal prescription drug use is on the rise in Maryland, but doctors are pushing back on O'Malley's proposed solution. The governor wants to create the state's first program to track patients' prescriptions.

Under the plan, law enforcement officials would be able to see a patient's prescription, which has doctors crying "foul" because they're the ones who prescribe the medications.

State senators are meeting to amend the bill on Monday. Montgomery County Sen. Rob Garagiola says they'll be examining those concerns over the weekend.

"We're making progress on some fronts, and we still are hopeful we can make additional progress on other fronts, but yes, my feeling is we need to move forward on this bill this year because it is a growing problem," he says.

State officials say without the legislation, criminals and addicts will continue to hop from doctor to doctor trying to get them to write duplicate prescriptions.

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