New Requirements For Doctors Prescribing Pain Killers (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

December 16, 2013 Updated Dec 16, 2013 at 5:42 PM EST

INDIANA (21Alive) -- In an effort to curb prescription drug abuse, Indiana doctors now must adhere to new requirements.

The requirements took effect Sunday. It outlines new procedures for doctors who exceed a prescribing threshold of 60 opioid-containing pills a month or a morphine equivalent dose of more than 15 milligrams per day.

In the year 2011, there were 718 deaths from overdoses of prescription drugs in the state of Indiana.

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