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[s46] Grooms’ Legislation to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse Heads to Governor’s Desk
Start Date: 4/23/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/23/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (April 23, 2013) — State Sen. Ron Grooms’ (R-Jeffersonville) legislation to combat rising prescription drug abuse in Indiana received final legislative approval today and now moves to the governor’s desk for consideration.

Grooms said Senate Bill 246 provides oversight for prescribers of controlled substances by calling on Indiana’s Medical Licensing Board to develop statewide standards and protocol for the prescribing of these drugs. Controlled substances include commonly abused prescription pain medications like hydrocodone and oxycodone. SB 246 also gives Indiana’s Attorney General more tools to investigate clinics that are suspected of overprescribing controlled substances and fueling addictions.

“As a pharmacist, I care very deeply about the reckless overprescribing of controlled substances that’s putting communities and young Hoosiers at great risk,” Grooms said. “Other states have begun to address this problem and regulate controlled substance prescribing. If Indiana does not take similar precautions, we will be facing a much more serious issue as illegal prescribers move into this state to take advantage of our lax laws.”

SB 246 also provides for continued legislative study of controlled-substance prescribing in Indiana by requiring the Indiana Health Finance Commission to study 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.

“According to a survey conducted by the federal government, Indiana has the second highest rate of high school students who have taken prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription,” Grooms said. “We need to take steps to make sure this dangerous trend does not continue. I’m grateful for all the hard work that went into creating this proposal, which I believe will significantly impact rising prescription drug abuse in our state.”

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Name: Molly Johnson
Phone: 317-234-9133
Email: mjohnson@iga.in.gov
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