The Drug Free Dickson Coalition is hosting its Town Hall meeting for medical professionals tonight to inform them and answer questions about a new state database for controlled substances. As of April 1, all medical professionals who have the authority to prescribe controlled substances must check the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database before writing a prescription to make sure the patient is not obtaining similar medication elsewhere. The state legislature created the database to combat the growing problem of prescription medication abuse, specifically targeting pain relievers and other drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, xanax and others. Scheduled speakers include Dr. Mitchell Mutter, director of Special Projects for the Tennessee Department of Health, Dr. Andrew Hold, executive director of the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Thomas Farmer, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s State Meth and Pharmaceutical Task Force. Coalition Coordinator A.J. O’Dell said the goal of the database is to track the distribution of these drugs that are either being abused directly by the patient or ending up sold on the streets. Doctors, pharmacists and other medical professionals are invited to the Town Hall meeting 6:30-8:30 tonight at Dickson City Hall. For more information, contact O’Dell at 686-3128.