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Indiana and many other states are cracking down on “pill mills.” Pill mills are clinics or pharmacies that cater to people who are hooked on prescription medications.
Josh Connor with the Indiana chapter of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy says they have a statewide database that contains information on all prescription medication that is dispensed by outpatient clinics or pharmacies.
“This information is reported to us by the state‘s pharmacies and essentially we also provide for a online, web-based application through which doctors and law enforcement can actually access this information on patients 24/7,” he says.
Connor says law enforcement can then use that information to track patients shopping around for medications and the prescribing activities of providers. Connor says health care providers can also use the information to make sure they‘re not being misled by patients.
Connor says each state has its own system which is good because it allows greater flexibility for each state but a national database would help keep people from going to other states with less stringent laws to get prescription medication.