INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
A national report says opioid prescriptions in Indiana have decreased by
35.1% over five years.
Medical Association Opioid Task Force 2019 Progress Report shows Indiana’s
reduction in opioid prescriptions from 2013 to 2018 is two percentage points
higher than the national average of 33%.
Association President Brian Tabor said last week the opioid epidemic has
damaged “individuals, families and entire communities” in Indiana. He says,
“It’s encouraging to see tangible results of the collective efforts of the
state, the Indiana General Assembly and the medical community” in
encouraging responsible prescriptions of opioids.
A 2017 law passed
by the Indiana General Assembly requires medical providers to write
prescriptions for no more than a seven-day supply of an opioid when first
prescribing to a patient.