Indiana is taking a comprehensive approach to combat the state's illegal drug epidemic. This week, new policies focusing on enforcement, treatment and prevention were signed into law.
Cracking down on the worst drug dealers
To keep the worst drug dealers behind bars, a new law imposes mandatory minimum sentences. This means those dealers convicted of dealing meth or heroin with a prior felony drug dealing conviction would serve at least 10 years.
Curbing criminal's access to meth-making materials
As the number one meth-producing state in the nation, Indiana needed to act to restrict criminals' access to the ingredients used to manufacture meth. Pseudoephedrine (PSE) is a key ingredient used in meth and often found in cold, flu and allergy medications. A new law, which I authored, requires the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) to issue “stop sale alerts” when meth-related felons attempt to purchase PSE/ephedrine.
Increasing accessibility to a life-saving drug
Indiana faces a drug epidemic and a new law ensures life-saving overdose intervention drugs are available statewide. Entities such as pharmacies and non-profits can register with the Indiana State Department of Health and dispense naloxone to individuals without a prescription. This new law also provides immunity from certain offenses for individuals who administer naloxone to a person who has overdosed, call 911 and cooperate with law enforcement when they arrive on the scene.
I voted in favor of these new laws to help overcome illegal drug use in our state. If you have any questions or input, please contact me.