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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bill to curb heroin epidemic heads to the House

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A bill that would allow emergency medical service providers to hold drug users in the emergency room after receiving a dose of Narcan is on its way to the Indiana House. “I don’t want to hold someone against their will, but I also don’t want to see someone die,” Sen. […]

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