Physicians in Indiana have to follow new prescribing procedures for certain types of drugs. Last year state lawmakers directed the Medical Licensing Board to set standards and protocols for the prescribing of controlled substances consistent with standard medical practices in pain management treatment. Prescription pain medications are among the most commonly abused drugs in the state, according to law enforcement officials. The new rules took effect yesterday. They require new procedures for who exceed the prescribing threshold of 60 opioid-containing pills a month or a morphine equivalent dose of more than 15 milligrams per day. The Indiana Board of Pharmacy will also consider adoption of this emergency rule when they meet in January in order to broaden its application to other types of providers like dentists and veterinarians.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.