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30 Laws in 30 Days: Meth fires to be considered a crime

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 17th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1.  INDIANAPOLIS – Currently in Indiana starting a meth-related fire is not a crime, but that’s about to change. Indiana repeatedly has ranked first in the nation for […]

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Pence signs into law seven bills designed to combat drug abuse

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law seven bills designed to punish drug dealers as well as treat and prevent addictions. “Sometimes people ask me what keeps me up at night and I say without hesitation—as much as a dad, as a governor—it is the scourge of drug abuse […]

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Multiple bills aimed at curbing meth, heroin use go to the governor

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Several bills designed to hinder the use of drugs are headed to the governor’s desk for his consideration. Senate Bill 80 – Pharmacists can deny sales of cold medicines These new rules would require a customer who wants to buy certain cold medicines to be a patient of record […]

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Lawmakers hope to curb Indiana’s meth problem with new legislation

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Methamphetamine has taken its toll on Indiana and the General Assembly is in the process of creating legislation to stop the problems connected to the drug. “We are number one in the last three years with meth labs that are created throughout state,” said Rep. David Frizzell, R-Indianapolis. “Certainly is […]

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Pharmacists could be allowed to deny sales of cold medicine

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A bill that would allow a pharmacist to deny the sale of certain types of cold medicine used in making meth passed the House of Representatives Monday. A pharmacist would be allowed to use his or her professional judgment to prevent the sales ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. The bill also provides […]

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Bill would let pharmacists deny cold medicine purchases

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill could give pharmacists more discretion when Hoosiers buy cold medication. “What I’m trying to do is find a way to strike at meth labs, to reduce the number of meth labs in Indiana,” said Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, author of Senate Bill 80. “While allowing law […]

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SOTs: Lawmakers consider making meth prescription only

SOTs: Harry Webb/ Licensed pharmacist and owner of Webb’s Family Pharmacy of Rochester & Akron, Indiana [:24] “The bottom line is meth is a scourge in our communities. It’s urban, it’s rural. It’s all over the state of Indiana. Since the year 2000, 106 law enforcement officers and 2,969 children. I’m sorry, 106 law enforcement […]

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Bill aims to curb meth production

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two members of the Indiana Senate want to change state law to make business harder for Hoosier meth makers. Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, and Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, announced Tuesday that they would introduce legislation requiring pseudoephedrine products to be kept behind a counter and not sold until the customer […]

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Commit a drug felony? Bill says no Sudafed for you without a prescription

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would make it more difficult for criminals to purchase products used in the production of meth. The bill moves to the House for consideration. Senate Bill 536, authored by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, requires individuals convicted of drug-related felonies to obtain […]

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Success unlikely for bills to require prescriptions for some cold medicines

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Bills aiming to reduce Indiana’s meth problem by requiring prescriptions for some cold medicines probably won’t be considered in House or Senate committees this session, key lawmakers said. House Public Health Chairman Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said he doesn’t want to make it harder for Hoosiers to get the […]

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