New website aimed at fighting prescription drug abuse in Indiana
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Prescription drug abuse is a problem Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says is impacting the state, and Hoosiers.
"You can almost see it. It does come up I-65 and we've all had to address the wave as it crashed onto our state," says Greg Zoeller, Indiana's Attorney General.
State Senator Ron Grooms says he has seen it first-hand during his time as a pharmacist.
"In my own district we had a situation in the past several months regarding over-prescribing of opiates, narcotics, and pain relievers", says Senator Ron Grooms.
The Attorney General's Office has teamed up with the Indiana Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force to get the public involved with this growing problem.
When it comes to drug overdoses in the state of Indiana, officials say the numbers are on the increase.
They say in 2011, there were 718 deaths. That's compared to 2010, when there were 654 deaths.
It's why officials are encouraging the public to turn to a new website to learn more about this issue.
It's called www.BitterPill.IN.gov and helps people recognize signs and symptoms, and where to get help.
Since January of 2012, the Indiana Attorney General's Office has taken action against more than 15 doctors, for over-prescribing addictive painkillers.
That includes Dr. Lea Marlow, whose license was revoked after officials say she was over-prescribing at a Jeffersonville pain clinic.
They say fighting pill abuse, and the growing heroin problem has become a priority.
It's why state officials are encouraging people who may be addicted to seek help before it's too late.
"It's a very horrific problem across the state and it's something we have to address," says State Representative Steve Davisson.
Starting on September 2, television, radio, and newspaper ads will begin running to help make people aware of this drug abuse epidemic.
To get to the new website, click here.
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