Attorney General Supports Prescription Drug Abuse Bill (with Video)

By Emma Koch

February 6, 2013 Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 2:10 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller, was in Fort Wayne this morning to announce his support for Senate Bill 246, which would allow the Medical Licensing Board to authorize his office to investigate likely instances of over-prescribing.

“Pain-management clinics operating outside the law negatively impact their patients’ welfare, fuel addiction and harm local communities,” Zoeller said. “The growing number of patients and families who have experienced the fallout of prescription drug abuse deserve solutions. Our prescription drug task force, made up of 70 individuals with diverse backgrounds and medical experience, has worked hard to provide relevant solutions to the legislature to impact the prescription drug abuse epidemic.”

Zoeller said that the on-going case against Dr. William Hedrick, owner and operator of Centers for Pain Relief, underscores the need for more oversight of practitioners whose patients are prescribed controlled substances to treat pain.

If enacted, SB 246 would direct the Medical Licensing Board to adopt rules to provide requirements and prohibitions relating to safe and responsible controlled drug and pain medication prescribing practices. The bill is scheduled to be heard on Feb. 13 in the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services.

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