Researchers studying a system used to track prescription drugs dispensed in Indiana say it’s widely effective for monitoring patient prescription drug use. Nearly six thousand prescription drug providers were surveyed over the last two years to complete the research.
The current version of the INSPECT system that’s been in place since 2004 is a tool meant to help combat prescription drug abuse. About 77 percent of survey respondents –including doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists, say they know about INSPECT, and 71 percent of those use it.
State lawmakers hope the third time’s the charm as they seek to eliminate the sale and use of synthetic drugs, often referred to as bath salts.
This year marks the third consecutive session with legislation outlawing synthetic drugs. But Indianapolis Republican Jim Merritt – who has shepherded the effort in the Senate all three years – says state lawmakers and law enforcement know much more now and believe they’ve hit on a lasting solution.