Home » Archives by category » Issues » Drug epidemic

\ \ \ \ \

Drug commission echoes governor’s anti-marijuana position

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse voted overwhelmingly Thursday to oppose efforts to decriminalize marijuana for medical or recreational use. The 11-3 vote, with two abstentions, was taken at the commission’s regular meeting, echoing Gov. Eric Holcomb’s opposition to legislative efforts to relax Indiana’s marijuana laws. “I think […]

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

\ \ \ \ \ \ \

Mother urges participation in Drug Take Back Day

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Holding a brown, cylinder bottle, Shadonna Mills walks into the Indiana Government Center eager to get rid of what’s inside. “Twenty-eight pills,” she said, shaking her head. “Twenty-eight pills and he only needed 13.” Mills’ son, Gerry, had his wisdom teeth removed — a surgery about 3.5 million people […]

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

\ \ \ \ \ \ \

Opioid epidemic gets $50 million treatment

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s opioid crisis has educators and lawmakers proposing cutting edge measures to the combat the growing problem. Indiana University is investing $50 million in a project to reduce addiction while Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, wants tougher criminal penalties. “We’re attacking this epidemic on all fronts,” said Gov. Eric Holcomb […]

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

\ \ \ \

New state website designed to fight opioid epidemic

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With the creation of Indiana’s Next Level Recovery website, Hoosiers can now have direct access to all state resources on the opioid crisis without jumping from site to site. “The Next Level Recovery website will be the front porch for Hoosiers looking for information and resources on opioid addiction,” Gov. Eric […]

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

\ \ \ \

Indiana implements new opioid prescription monitoring program to reduce addiction

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Spending summers poolside with his family at his Brownsburg home, and hanging out with friends on the weekends were some of Brandon George’s favorite activities growing up. But quickly, the carefree weekends came with consequences — consequences that could have cost him his life. George began drinking and using […]

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

\

30 Laws in 30 Days: Opioid addiction pilot program to help addicted mothers, babies

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Sky Shipley, an Indianapolis mother of two, is preparing to say farewell to the staff at Fresh Start Recovery Center after spending 75 days in the […]

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

\ \ \ \ \ \

New syringe exchange law causes hope and concern in Scott County

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  AUSTIN, Indiana — While walking down the streets of Austin, the sounds of dogs barking and sight of the trash in the ditches distract from the smaller, less noticeable objects lying on the ground: syringes. The bright orange caps are the only thing that help the needles stand out in the […]

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Syringe exchange bill passes Senate after spirited debate

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would shorten the process for a county to open up its own needle exchange program passed the Senate Thursday after a lively debate over whether it promotes drug use. The debate centered on whether the kits provided through needle exchange programs supplies drug users with some […]

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

\ \ \ \ \ \

Syringe exchange programs spark drug prevention debate

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — As lawmakers consider expanding access to syringe exchange programs, they’re having to weigh how the changes would impact both public health and drug prevention. House Bill 1438 would allow a county or city to enact its own syringe exchange program rather than seek approval from the state. “I believe […]

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

\ \ \ \ \ \

Synthetic urine could soon be illegal

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Synthetic urine is causing problems for companies trying to drug testing employees. “We definitely see a lot of people using these products on a day to day basis,” Tiffany Ellefson, ‎vice president at Midwest Toxicology Services, said. The Midwest Toxicology Service, an organization based in Indianapolis, helps companies manage […]

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Page 1 of 212