Indiana Governor Wants Harsher Punishments On Illegal Drug Makers
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb wants to fight the drug epidemic in the state by enforcing harsher punishments for drug-induced homicides and creating better treatment plans for addicted newborns.
The governor released his five-pillar 2018 Next Level Agenda on Wednesday, which includes an “Attack the Drug Epidemic” plan that would increase the number of opioid treatment centers available to addicted Hoosiers while enforcing stricter penalties and punishments for those who manufacture the drugs.
The plan also focuses on fighting the problem by making physicians regularly check the state’s prescription drug monitoring program before issuing certain prescriptions.
The six main goals of Gov. Holcomb’s “Attack the Drug Epidemic” plan are:
- Strengthen enforcement efforts by establishing a felony charge for drug-induced homicide and felony murder charges for those who illicitly manufacture drugs that result in drug-induced death.
- Improve health outcomes by requiring physicians to check the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, INSPECT, before issuing first prescriptions for opioids and benzodiazepines.
- Improve the state’s reporting of drug overdose deaths to increase consistency and knowledge about the scale of the problem.
- Increase the number of FSSA-approved opioid treatment locations so Hoosiers have better access to treatment.
- Increase drug treatment options by initiating a state referral process that links patients directly to available inpatient and residential treatment.
- Lower the infant mortality rate by implementing Levels of care certification for perinatal programs at hospitals and birthing centers to ensure that babies are born at a facility with a level of care that matches their risk.