By Felice J. Freyer

Doctors in training will soon be able to access the state’s database that keeps track of prescriptions for powerful drugs, after the health department last week closed a loophole seen as hindering the fight against opioid abuse.

The database, known as the Prescription Monitoring Program, lists every prescription for controlled substances filled in Massachusetts….

“It think it’s great,” said Dr. Jon Santiago, a first-year resident in emergency medicine at Boston Medical Center. “I see patients all the time asking for opiates. . . . Residents by and large are some of the biggest opiate prescribers in the larger hospitals in Boston.”

Santiago is a member of the Committee of Interns and Residents, a union that petitioned Governor Charlie Baker to change the rules so residents could consult the prescription database.