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INSPECT bill could slow spread of opioid addiction

By Amari Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would require all medical practitioners to use state prescription-monitoring software, before prescribing opioids, passes 47-1 in the Senate. Senate Bill 221, authored by Erin Houchin, R-Salem, requires doctors to have access to INSPECT, a website to allow practitioners to check a patient’s controlled substance prescription history. Houchin said […]

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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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Pence outlines progress in fighting drug abuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — As the U.S. House of Representatives considers how to address the opioid crisis, Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to the Indiana Congressional Delegation charting the state’s progress in combatting drug abuse. A package of bills is under consideration in the U.S. House that would provide public safety and health […]

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Health committee discusses drugs, eye-care for children

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 10,000 Hoosiers received treatment for opioid addiction last year. Opioid addiction is in “epidemic proportions in this state,” said Dean Babcock, the vice president of Midtown Community Mental Health Center. The Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services met Wednesday to discuss the […]