Gov. Pence Signs 7 Drug-Related Bills Into Law

Mar 21, 2016
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Indiana will make it easier to get one drug over the counter and harder to get some others, as it tries to get the upper hand against drug abuse.

Gov. Mike Pence has signed seven drug bills into law, including a measure creating a standing prescription at all pharmacies for Narcan, a drug which can quickly reverse a heroin overdose.

State Police Superintendent Doug Carter says in Marion County alone, officers have revived 200 patients with Narcan so far this year.

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Legislation headed to the governor will give the public and the press more access to police body camera videos than they’ve ever had.  A final compromise drew unanimous support for the bill in both chambers.

There was one issue remaining in the body camera bill – a provision that said, if a video potentially depicts excessive use of force or civil rights violations by police, it must automatically be released.  Police didn’t like that, and so, despite the objections of press organizations, lawmakers took the provision out. 

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Legislators are nearing a deal on replacing the ISTEP exam.

Both parties have endorsed swapping ISTEP for something shorter and cheaper – instead, the debate has been over the makeup of a panel to study the alternatives.

House Education Chairman Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) says he's agreed with Senate counterpart Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) on a committee of educators, with some additions.

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House and Senate lawmakers overwhelming approved bills Wednesday that give pharmacists a bigger role in helping stem the state’s meth cooking crisis.  The legislation deals with selling pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making meth.

Rep. Ben Smaltz’s (R-Auburn) bill started out by simply requiring a prescription to buy pseudoephedrine.  But after significant pushback, Smaltz found a compromise. 

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Legislators may take a first step Monday toward deciding how much to limit access to Sudafed and similar medications.

At the start of the session, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) endorsed a prescription requirement to keep pseudoephedrine out of the hands of meth cooks.

But Auburn Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) changed his own bill to skip that requirement if a prescription is already on file at that pharmacy.

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There are three bills in the House Public Health Committee that aim to address Indiana’s meth problem by regulating the sale of pseudoephedrine, a cold medicine that’s a key ingredient in meth production. The committee will decide later this week which of the bills to advance – and a combination is possible.


While Indiana lawmakers are considering different ways to reduce production of methamphetamine, police officers across the state are doing what they can to get the producers of the highly addictive drug off the streets.

To better understand the problem of policing meth, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Leigh DeNoon takes us on a ride along with an Indiana State Police meth suppression team.

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A proposal to make some cold remedies prescription-only is taking a back seat, with a Senate committee instead endorsing a pair of less stringent alternatives.

Senators voted to ban drug offenders from buying medication with pseudoephedrine, and to require pharmacists to question purchasers in a way that satisfies pharmacists the drugs won’t later become meth.

Fulton County pharmacists have taken that step on their own.

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Several bills pending in the 2016 General Assembly aim to put an end to meth labs in the state.

One proposal classifies drugs containing pseudoephedrine – a key ingredient of meth - prescription-only.

Another empowers pharmacists to turn away suspicious customers.

Both bills are based on rules that have seen some success in reducing meth production, like Harry Webb’s Family Pharmacy in Rochester, Indiana.

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Republican State Senators say legislation they’re proposing to put certain cold medicines behind the counter is a balanced solution to help solve Indiana’s meth production problem. 

The bill is an alternative to legislation that would make pseudoephedrine available only through a prescription.

Legislation to make the key meth ingredient pseudoephedrine available only by prescription is endorsed by both the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Association and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis).