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Attorney General Hails Legislative Accomplishments

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says legislation passed this session will help address Indiana’s prescription drug abuse epidemic from multiple angles.

Greg Zoeller and lawmakers

Photo: Brandon Smith/IPBS

Greg Zoeller speaks with lawmakers in Indianapolis Tuesday.

One of the ways the state tries to combat the prescription drug abuse problem is the INSPECT program, an electronic database that tracks the dispensing of some addictive prescription drugs.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says starting July of next year, approved legislation will require pharmacists to provide dispensing records to INSPECT within three days.

“It doesn’t help if it’s a month or two later because we really need to have real-time access to the types of other medication that people may be prescribed,” Zoeller says.

The legislation would speed up the reporting time to 24 hours by January of 2016.

The General Assembly also passed a bill providing student loan forgiveness grants to people who pursue addiction training.

New Albany Republican Representative Ed Clere says the bill is necessary because it’s not enough to address only the availability of prescription drugs.

“We also have to focus on treatment for those who are addicted to pills and other substances,” Clere says.

The grants are available for psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, addiction counselors and mental health professionals practicing in Indiana.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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