Practitioners in Indiana will soon have new rules to adhere to when prescribing narcotic painkillers such as Vicodin®. Legislators in that state recently passed a new law mandating that prescribers require patients who receive these medications to sign an agreement to take the drugs as they are prescribed, submit to urine testing, and visit their doctor more frequently for medication management evaluations, reports news station WTHITV 10 in Terre Haute, IN. Prescribers and patients must also use non-pharmaceutical methods of pain treatment, such as cognitive and physical therapy, before turning to prescription drugs.
The new restrictions, which were originally submitted as Senate Bill 246 by Indiana State Senator Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville), are an effort to combat the state’s narcotic-related overdose deaths. Grooms submitted the bill on the heels of the state attorney general’s office shutting down a Clark County pain clinic on allegations it had issued more than 8,000 prescriptions for 3,489 patients within one year, reports the Evansville Courier & Press.