A few new bills were passed in Indiana designed to crack down on prescription drug abuse.
Thursday Attorney General Greg Zoeller was in South Bend to tout three new bills. He announced there will be much more collaboration between his office, local police and medical professionals to crack down on the problem.
Zoeller mentioned a database pharmacists will use to track how much opiods are dispersed.
Plus he also said with prescription drug abuse at an all-time high, some are now turning to heroin.
Thanks to another bill, first responders will have access to an antidote in case of an overdose.
“This is something that we are really to catch up to, what is an epidemic in Indiana and around the nation. The number of people who are overprescribed narcotics and the number of deaths,” says Zoeller.
Statistics show there are more people who overdose on prescription drugs than are killed in auto accidents.