Policy

A key priority of the Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force is advancing legislation to help combat the problem of prescription drug abuse and diversion. The committees that comprise the Task Force are committed to studying and developing policies aimed to reduce the devastating impact prescription drug abuse has on Hoosier families and communities. Click on the links below to view state legislation that has been implemented as a result of these efforts.

2018 Legislative Session

SEA 13 – Administration of Overdose Intervention Drugs (Glick)

Allows community corrections officers and probation officers to administer overdose intervention drugs.

 

SEA 139 – Investigation of Overdose Deaths (Merritt)

Requires the county coroner to do the following if the coroner reasonably suspects the cause of a person's death to be accidental or intentional overdose of a controlled substance:

  1. Obtain any relevant information about the decedent in INSPECT,
  2. Extract and test certain bodily fluids of the decedent,
  3. Report test results to the state department of health (ISDH), and
  4. Notify ISDH of the decedent's death, including any information related to the controlled substances involved, if any.

 

SEA 221 – INSPECT Program (Houchin)

Requires INSPECT registration and searching a patient’s prescription history prior to prescribing an opioid or benzodiazepine beginning January 2019 for pain management clinics and hospital ERs, January 2020 for hospital systems, and January 2021 for all practitioners who prescribe controlled substances. Provides that a practitioner is not required to obtain information about a patient who is subject to a pain management contract from the INSPECT data base more than once every 90 days.

 

HEA 1007 – Expanding Mental Health Access (Kirchhofer)

Allows the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) to approve nine new opioid treatment programs, which would be operated by hospitals, and establishes new temporary permits for certain individuals who are pursuing required clinical supervisory hours needed for professional licensure.

 

HEA 1359 – Drug Dealing Resulting in Death (Steuerwald)

Allows prosecutors to file felony charges if a sale of illegal drugs leads to a fatal overdose:

  1. Level 1 felony if the controlled substance is cocaine, methamphetamine, or a schedule I, II, or III controlled substance;
  2. Level 2 felony if the controlled substance is a schedule IV controlled substance; and
  3. Level 3 felony if the controlled substance is a schedule V controlled substance, synthetic drug, or synthetic drug lookalike substance.