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April 3, 2013

Zoeller backs pill mill bill

He says pain pill abuse is an 'epidemic' in U.S.

(Continued)

Finally, the medical licensing board will be asked to begin work to establish standards of care so doctors have a clear definition of ”overprescribing.”

Indiana, Grooms said, doesn’t have a set standard. That’s a problem in and of itself, he added.

“The [pain clinic] in Jeffersonville was a pill mill for cash,” Zoeller said. “In the easiest cases, you’re not even talking about standards of care, you’re just talking about pushing pills onto people who will travel long distances to get them.”

Zoeller said the problem goes beyond the doctors who prescribe, and the state needs to take what steps it can.

“The whole issue of pain tolerance — sometimes I think we’ve just given up on it,” he said. “I tell my kids if they say they’ve got a headache, go drink a glass of water and get over it. You don’t have to take a pill for everything.”

Scott Smith can be reached at 765-454-8569 or at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com

 

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