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Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush told lawmakers Wednesday in her State of the Judiciary address the state’s court system is prepared to meet the challenges it faces – chief among them the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Rush says she asked legislative leaders for input when preparing her speech. And she says the common theme was the court’s response to the drug crisis.

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An Indiana lawmaker wants the state to take the next step toward making Indiana’s drug database more effective at preventing opioid addiction.

Fourteen states currently require both physicians and pharmacists to check someone’s prescription history before dispensing certain powerful medicines, but Indiana isn’t one of them.

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A presidential commission last week released its report on recommendations to help curb the nation’s opioid crisis. Indiana stakeholders say they’re heartened the crisis is receiving national attention but think parts of the report missed the mark.

INSPECT Integration Aims To Better Track Opiates

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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.

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Update: Governor Mike Pence, on September 22nd, has directed the PLA to move forward on the following initiative, which was introduced at the Governor's Task Force on Drug Enforement, Treatment and Prevention Tuesday afternoon.

For nearly two decades, Indiana medical professionals have provided information about the drugs they dispense to the state’s prescription drug monitoring database, called INSPECT. But health officials are hoping to soon make it easier for doctors to use.