Fourteen states currently require both physicians and pharmacists to check someone’s drug history, but Indiana isn’t one of them.
All three pharmacists were found to have misused the state database that pharmacists use to check controlled-substance prescription histories of patients.
Integrating the states prescription drug tracking system with health records may help cut back excessive opiate prescriptions.
A doctor at St. Vincent Hospital says hospitals in Indiana and surrounding states have seen a 300 percent increase in heroin overdoses.
Researchers studying the INSPECT system say it is effective at helping to prevent drug abuse.