Gov. Eric Holcomb announced an effort to rein in the number of opioid prescriptions given out in the state. Indiana is the eighth highest prescribing state in the country.
The new initiative will integrate the state’s online prescription tracking program with health care systems across Indiana.
Indiana Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) says the improvement can aid in prevention.
“We have to stop the problem at its source really, to stop addicts before they become addicts,” Houchin says.
The Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collection and Tracking program or INSPECT has been around for more than 20 years, requiring the collection of controlled substance data.
Holcomb says a new push will better help practitioners track a patient’s history.
“All these health care entities will be able to integrate their electronic health care record systems with ours more quickly and easily than the cumbersome system that we’ve had in place,” Holcomb says.
Holcomb says the new initiative will reduce doctor shopping and fraudulent prescribing in the state’s effort to combat the opioid epidemic.
“One it’s going to give practitioners one click access to important patient information, two it’s going to equip them with the most up to date and efficient access to valuable controlled substance data,” says Holcomb.
Houchin says last year doctors in Indiana wrote more than 15 million opiate prescriptions.
“These staggering opiate prescribing rates directly contribute to drug addiction and count to the millions and millions of pills in our communities,” says Houchin.
Indiana is one of only six other states to adopt such an initiative. The goal is to have a completely integrated system in the next three years.