The Indiana Attorney General's office is defending a new Indiana rule requiring patients prescribed certain amounts of pain medications to submit to annual drug tests.
Spokesman Bryan Corbin says the rule came about as the result of a new state law and was adopted by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board after public hearings and comment.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Licensing Board, saying the rule violates the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable government searches.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Indianapolis seeks a court order prohibiting the Licensing Board from requiring the drug testing in most cases and from requiring patients to sign agreements consenting to testing. The lawsuit is seeking class-action status.
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