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Indiana eyeing tougher rules for doctors prescribing painkillers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana is considering new rules to help crack down on prescription pill abuse.

The state's Medical Licensing Board is considering tighter rules for doctors when prescribing painkillers.

The proposal follows concerns about overdose deaths from drugs like Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycontin.

Doctors would be expected to see patients at least every four months and conduct saliva or urine tests to make sure the person who gets the prescription is actually taking the medication.

Patients would also face random pill counts.

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