Waterman added, “Sex trafficking may not seem like a crime that happens here in America. Sadly, it occurs even in our Hoosier communities. During my time serving as Sullivan County sheriff, I saw these horrors first hand.
“This year’s bill was a needed improvement to Indiana’s human trafficking statute to make sure all young Hoosiers are protected from these crimes.”
Also during a press conference in Terre Haute with Waterman and Heaton, Zoeller said the passage of Senate Enrolled Act 246 is a needed step in combatting prescription drug abuse and “pill mills.”
The Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, chaired by Zoeller, examined the problem of some pain-management clinics that dispense addictive controlled substances with little oversight.
“The epidemic of prescription drug abuse is fueled by the irresponsible overprescribing of addictive painkillers to patients, which leads to drug dependency, easy access for abuse and accidental overdoses, all with terrible consequences,” Zoeller said. “The Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force determined that the state’s efforts to curb these harmful practices by ‘pill mills’ would be enhanced with new state laws, and I am grateful to the legislators who have invested long hours into crafting effective new statutes to help address the epidemic in Indiana.”
SEA 246, which Pence also signed into law, makes important changes, Zoeller said, regarding clinics that prescribe, dispense or administer controlled substances. If a clinic owner does not otherwise hold an Indiana Controlled Substance Registration, then the owner must obtain a CSR for each facility they own in Indiana.
As part of registration, clinic owners must oversee clinic operations and ensure that practitioners prescribe in compliance with law. Under SEA 246, the Attorney General’s office can move more quickly in acting against practitioners who overprescribe and in obtaining records for an investigation.
Zoeller also thanked legislators for passing Senate Enrolled Act 1, which allows schools to voluntarily apply for state matching grants of up to