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[multiple] [s46, 32] Sens. Grooms, Miller: House Approves Senate Initiative to Fight Rising Prescription Drug Abuse
Start Date: 4/2/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/3/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2013) — An initiative authored by State Sens. Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville) and Pat Miller (R-Indianapolis) to help address rising prescription drug abuse in Indiana unanimously passed the House of Representatives Monday by a vote of 97-0.

As amended in the House, Senate Bill 246 would provide oversight for prescribers of controlled substances – such as hydrocodone and methadone – and task Indiana’s Medical Licensing Board with developing standards for the safe and medically appropriate prescribing of controlled substances.

“As part of a national trend, Indiana is experiencing a rise in prescription drug abuse, addiction and overdose,” said Grooms, a practicing pharmacist for more than 40 years. “Over the past five years, the number of oxycodone doses dispensed in Indiana almost doubled and the number of hydrocodone doses increased by nearly 25 percent. These numbers are very troubling given how dangerous and deadly controlled substance abuse can be. I believe today’s bill takes important steps to combat this unfortunate trend.”

SB 246 also provides for continued study of controlled-substance prescribing in Indiana by requiring the Health Finance Commission – a bipartisan legislative panel – to look at how prescription drug take-back programs across the state could be used to safely collect and dispose of unused controlled substances, as well as the use of methadone and opioids in treatment programs and clinic settings.

“Drug addicts enrolled in treatment programs are commonly prescribed methadone to help wean them off of more dangerous drugs like heroin,” said Miller, chair of the Senate Committee of Health and Provider Services. “While this practice can be used in treatment programs, it can also lead to methadone addiction. That’s why we want to study this issue as another means of deterring unnecessary and dangerous opioid abuse.”

SB 246 now returns to the Senate for further review.


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Phone: 317-234-9133
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