STATEHOUSE (March 20, 2019) – State Rep. Denny Zent’s (R-Angola) bill preventing illegal drug users and dealers from turning to veterinarians for prescription painkillers could soon become law.
As part of Indiana’s ongoing effort to combat the opioid epidemic and drug abuse, Zent’s proposal would limit the initial opioid prescription for animals to seven days and grant veterinarians access to Indiana’s opioid prescription tracking database. These steps could prevent offenders from acquiring drugs.
“Highly addictive opioids are an ongoing problem for many, and it is important we close loopholes drug abusers use to acquire them,” Zent said. “By limiting prescriptions for animals and giving veterinarians access to the opioid tracking database, we could effectively stop offenders from acquiring opioids through their veterinarians.”
According to Zent, growing research demonstrates that opioid prescriptions for pets have drastically increased over the past decade, raising fears that drug abusers are turning to veterinarians to acquire opioids.
Zent said that there have also been an increase in reported instances of animal owners injuring their pet in order to acquire highly addictive drugs.
“My hope is that this commonsense legislation could help prevent animal cruelty and drug abuse in our state,” Zent said.
State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51,
which includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.