Prescription board tightens watch on painkillers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Medical Licensing Board is attempting to curb prescription drug abuse amid a rise in fatal overdoses.

The panel voted Thursday on a new rule to help patients and physicians keep better track of prescription drugs. State lawmakers tasked the board earlier this year with creating new rules aimed to curb an increase in prescription painkiller overdoses.

Starting Dec. 15, doctors will have to monitor patient histories through a state drug-monitoring system. Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the new rule will help prevent cases of doctor shopping and overprescribing.

Zoeller has filed complaints against 15 doctors in the past two years for overprescribing drugs.

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More information: http://www.BitterPill.in.gov

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