Prescription drug abuse is a continuing and growing problem in America.
Beginning this November, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board will implement new rules for prescriptions for opioids, or narcotic pain killers.
These drugs are more commonly known as Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Norco, Methadone, and Oxycontin
There are thousands of deaths annually due to overdosed of these highly addictive drugs.
New state laws for these drugs will reduce the number of prescriptions allowed.
Patients will have to sign an agreement with their doctor promising to take the drugs as prescribed and they will be subjected to urine drug testing and more check ups from the doctor.
Doctors must also keep more detailed records in a patient's chart to explain why the drugs were prescribed.
Physicians will be required to go through all other medications and options like physical therapy and counseling before turning to these pills.