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Senate committee approves bill to reduce opioid deaths

By Claire Castillo TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee unanimously approved legislation that would require doctors to use INSPECT, the state’s prescription-monitoring website, before prescribing opioids to a patient. “Senate Bill 221 is part of our ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic at its source,” said Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, author of the bill. […]

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Sunday alcohol sales, opioid crisis among Senate GOP’s top priorities

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers may be one step closer to purchasing alcohol on Sundays if Senate Republicans can convince the General Assembly to pass a bill permitting carryout sales this session. Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, introduced Senate Bill 1 Monday as one of five major items on the Senate Republicans’ agenda. The […]

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Indiana implements new opioid prescription monitoring program to reduce addiction

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Spending summers poolside with his family at his Brownsburg home, and hanging out with friends on the weekends were some of Brandon George’s favorite activities growing up. But quickly, the carefree weekends came with consequences — consequences that could have cost him his life. George began drinking and using […]

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Sen. Donnelly requests updates on INSPECT program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly addressed his support of INSPECT, Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), in a letter to Governor Mike Pence on Tuesday. Donnelly requested a briefing on the INSPECT program in an effort to work with Pence to better respond to ongoing prescription drug abuse challenges in Indiana. […]

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Report: State prescription tracking system is in ‘crisis’

Agency defends system as secure; lawmakers seek changes By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state system for tracking prescriptions has been “in crisis” and created a risk of exposing patients’ personal information, according to a state-commissioned report that Gov. Mike Pence’s administration tried to keep under wraps. The system, intended to help the state […]