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Governor Pence Directs State Agencies To Act On Recommendations From Meeting of Governor's Task Force On Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention
Updated September 23, 2016 7:28 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Governor Mike Pence has directed state agencies to act on recommendations provided during the Sept. 20, meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention. At the meeting, two action items were discussed and accepted for recommendation to the Governor.

Thursday, the Governor took the following actions:

  • Directed the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to implement a central repository naloxone distribution program for first responders should Indiana experience increased numbers of overdoses that would deplete local responders' supplies.
  • Directed the Professional Licensing Agency (PLA) to begin implementing a pilot program, the INSPECT Integration Initiative, to allow for the integration of INSPECT data with hospital patient records. The purpose of this program is to improve hospital physicians' access to prescribing patterns for patients. INSPECT is the Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collection & Tracking Program, a program within the PLA. The INSPECT Integration Initiative is one of the recommendations within the Indiana Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing in the Emergency Department.

"I deeply appreciate the important work of the Task Force, and this most recent round of recommendations illustrates again the value these men and women bring to our battle against the scourge of drug addiction," said Governor Pence. "I remain confident that as we act with purpose to end drug abuse, we can make a true, lasting and positive difference in the lives of fellow Hoosiers."

The next meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention is 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2016. For additional information about the Task Force, including a list of resources, post-meeting recordings, minutes, presentation materials, and upcoming agendas, visit: www.drugtaskforce.in.gov.



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