Smaltz: Opioid tracking bill heads to governorís desk

Smaltz: Opioid tracking bill heads to governorís desk

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Thursday, March 8, 2018

STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2018) — Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) requiring doctors and pharmacists to check Indiana’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database before prescribing or dispensing an opioid or benzodiazepine could soon become law.

INSPECT is a statewide, comprehensive online platform medical professionals use to review patients’ controlled-substance prescription history. Smaltz said this legislation would help eliminate "doctor shopping," or the practice of patients obtaining controlled substances from doctors without prior knowledge of other prescriptions.  

“Drug abuse permeates our society nearly everywhere, and this could help stop addiction before it starts,” Smaltz said. “Our job as lawmakers is to identify how to push back and close potential loopholes. Shutting down drug users’ ability to illegally obtain multiple prescriptions, or interdict their supply, is one more area we can fight this opioid crisis.

“Much like legislating the tracking of pseudoephedrine, I’m hopeful this law will produce a similar effect. Since the passing of Senate Enrolled Act 80 in March 2016, methamphetamine lab seizures decreased dramatically.”

Smaltz said lawmakers this session proposed a three-pronged attack plan of treatment, interdiction and punishment to stem the tide of this growing crisis.  

Gov. Eric Holcomb said he looked forward to signing this legislation.

“Increasing the use of the state’s INSPECT database gives health care professionals another tool to ensure quality care and fight the growing opioid epidemic,” Holcomb said.

Senate Engrossed Act 221 can now be considered by the governor as a new law. To learn more visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents all of DeKalb County, and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

A high-resolution photo of Smaltz can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

Photo Caption: State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) on March 3, 2018, at the Statehouse advocates for using Indiana’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database to curb opioid abuse. Smaltz said lawmakers this session proposed a three-pronged attack plan to stem the tide of this growing crisis.