The Indiana Medical Licensing Board is drafting new rules aimed at reducing the use of prescription pain killers as recreational drugs.
The Indiana legislature tasked the board with doing so in a law it passed last session.
The board is considering several options including annual testing for patients who regularly use painkillers to make sure they’re taking the medication at the proper dosage.
Medical Licensing Board President Stephen Huddleston says the board has to weigh the consequences of this type of testing because of the potential negative effects it could have on patients.
“What is the cost of that to the patient, whether insurance would cover that, is it going to put a tilling effect on the patient and the prescription if in fact it is a high cost, and the board has made no decision on that.”
The Medical Licensing Board is holding public meetings next month. It will then vote on the regulations that are expected to go into effect Nov. 1.