Contact: Lindsey Ross, Senior Press Secretary
STATEHOUSE (March 28, 2019) – A bill authored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) that would help address the opioid epidemic facing Indiana recently passed the House Committee on Public Health unanimously.
Senate Bill 133 would require a pharmacist who dispenses prescription drugs that contain or are derived from opium to list on the label that the drug is an opioid.
“The opioid epidemic continues to harm our entire state, including our elderly population,” Leising said. “Many older individuals are prescribed medication for health issues, not realizing they are opioids or how addictive they can be. If passed, this bill would help improve consumer awareness and prevent our older generations from unintentionally developing a drug addiction.”
In 2018, more than 5 million opioid prescriptions were written in Indiana, according to data from INSPECT, Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program.
SB 133 will now move to the full House of Representatives for further consideration.
For a high-resolution photo of Sen. Leising, click here.