An Indiana lawmaker plans to sponsor a bill next session targeting pain clinics in response to concerns that some of the clinics are a source of prescription medications for drug abusers.
Republican state Sen. Ron Grooms of Jeffersonville says he'll co-author a bill that would require Indiana's pain clinic owners to be licensed physicians.
The bill is partly in response to a pain-management clinic that recent relocated to Jeffersonville from Kentucky after that state imposed tougher prescription drug standards in an effort to stop drug abuse.
Grooms, who's a longtime pharmacist, is part of the state panel that will begin studying Indiana's pain clinics this month.
He tells The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., (http://cjky.it/QzVvtX ) he wants Indiana to enter into a compact with Kentucky to share prescription-drug monitoring databases.