Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

State News

November 1, 2013

Doctors to see new restrictions on painkiller prescriptions

(Continued)

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called prescription drug abuse the fastest-growing drug problem in the U.S. From 1999 to 2009, the number of deaths nationwide from opioid painkillers such as hydrocodone and oxycodone nearly quadrupled – causing more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined. A recent study by Trust for America’s Health found Indiana has the 17th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the country.

Drugs containing hydrocodone represent a major share of the drug overdoses and some public health experts believe tightening the rules governing how opioid-based painkillers are prescribed will curb their abuse.

The painkillers being targeted by the new restrictions are widely prescribed. In 2011, the federal government estimated there were 131 million prescriptions written for hydrocodone-containing drugs.

“You’ve got to believe those numbers are even higher now,” said Grooms.

Grooms sponsored what’s known as the “pill mill” that gives Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller new authority to crack down on pain-management clinics around the state. It gives the attorney general’s office more access to medical records maintained by pain clinics and requires every pain management clinic in Indiana be owned and operated by someone who holds a valid registration to prescribe controlled substances.

But the law also called for the state Medical Licensing Board to put new protocols in place for prescribing opioid-based drugs. Dr. Amy LaHood, an Indianapolis family physician who helped write the rules said they were needed to target doctors “used to writing out ‘scrips and just walking out the door.”

The new rules are aimed at curbing dependence on pain-killing drugs and their illegal sale to drug abusers. The new rules require doctors to do more screening of patients before prescribing the drugs, including the use of the state’s online database that tracks prescriptions for controlled substances.

Text Only
State News
  • One weekend, three motorcycling events Motorcyclists can come hang out with thousands of other bikers at the Midwest’s biggest street party Friday-Saturday, Aug. 8-9, when Motorcycles on Meridian takes place. During certain periods, locks of Indianapolis’ major north-south thoroughfare wi

    July 29, 2014

  • IDNR hosts live Facebook chat on Wednesday Facebook followers of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources can “talk” online with ecologist Tom Swinford about fens and bogs Wednesday, July 30, from 2-3 p.m. on the DNR’s Facebook wall.Swinford will discuss what fens and bogs are, where they

    July 29, 2014

  • nws - bv072914 - JailMentallyill Indiana's broken mental health system taxes Howard County jail Editor’s note: People suffering from mental illness commit fewer than 4 percent of all violent crimes. But state cuts in mental health funding have limited opportunities for treatment before some people wind up on the wrong side of the law. Recently

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv071814 - Hogsett, Joe What is Hogsett's next move? Political speculation abounds after Joe Hogsett’s announcement Monday, July 14, that he’ll resign his U.S. attorney’s position at the end of the month.Hogsett issued a public statement after first informing his boss, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Secular celebrants may perform marriages

    Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found that the exclusion of certified secular humanist celebrants from the list of people who can solemnize marriages in Indiana was unconstitutional.

    July 14, 2014

  • Indiana's same-sex marriage ban struck down

    June 25, 2014

  • Indiana producers help with biofuels initiative Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary Doug O'Brien recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making nearly $60 million in payments to 195 producers to support the production of advanced biofuel. Seven Indiana producers received these

    May 9, 2014

  • $400 million will be spent on Hoosier highways Gov. Mike Pence directed the Indiana State Budget Agency to recently release funding for the Major Moves 2020 highway construction program. "Roads mean jobs, and Major Moves 2020 will improve Indiana's transportation infrastructure to enhance our po

    May 2, 2014

  • Changes could ease some penalties INDIANAPOLIS - Patrons of the B-52 Pik-Up convenience store and tackle shop near the popular state-owned Brookville Lake may welcome news that tough penalties for violating some outdoor recreation rules are going away. Some crimes - such as sounding

    April 22, 2014

  • Each day of Public Health Week has a focus

    April 7 kicks off the 19th annual observance of National Public Health Week in America.

    April 7, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Facebook