A prescription-writing milestone was quietly set in August 2015 when Vermont became the 50th state to legalize electronic prescribing of controlled substances, making the practice available nationwide.

At that time, however, while 78 percent of pharmacies could accept e-scripts for controlled substances, only 2 percent of physicians were electronically prescribing these schedule II-V narcotics, according to SureScripts, which operates a nationwide electronic prescribing network.

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