LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - If you have a prescription for pain medication, your doctor could start requiring you to take an annual toxicology test.
This wouldn't go into effect until 2015, but it is something the Indiana Medical Licensing Board discussed Thursday.
It's an effort to crack down on prescription drug abuse. The test results would show whether patients are taking their prescribed medications, or selling them.
Attorney General's Office Public Information Officer Bryan Corbin said prescription drug abuse is a growing problem, and the more we can do to stop it, the better.
"There is a need to safeguard against prescription drug abuse and prescription drug diversion, because that sort of abuse and diversion is leading to addictions and leading to overdoses in epidemic proportions," said Corbin. "There were 718 Hoosiers who died from accidental drug overdoses in 2011, compared to 654 deaths from accidental drug overdoses the year before."
Board members will likely vote on the new rule in October.
As Purdue classes end for the semester, campus bar representatives and local law enforcement met to discuss what they noticed during the semester.
More than 45 kids got a special Christmas gift from the mayor of Lafayette.
Authorities make two arrests Monday night in connection with a counterfeiting case.