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Mental health and addiction resources available across the state

Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction and Mental Health America of Indiana have joined to create the Indiana Recovery Network, a peer support organization made up of trained professionals who will help people with mental health or substance use. In announcing the partnership Thursday, Gov. Eric Holcomb emphasized the importance of […]

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Syringe exchange programs extended for an extra year

By Taylor Dixon   TheStatehouseFile.com     INDIANAPOLIS—A needle exchange program credited with saving the lives of some drug addicts in areas like Scott County that were hit hard by the opioid pandemic was very nearly killed off in the 2020 session of the Indiana General Assembly.  The program got a one-year reprieve when lawmakers inserted a temporary extension into a much broader bill that focused on […]

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State funding opioid reversal drug

Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration have announced a plan to fund a nearly $1 million distribution of a drug that helps to reverse the effect of an opioid overdose. The goal is to make sure that naloxone, which reverses the effect of an opioid overdose, is available […]

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Grant County man is closer to getting his Range Rover back from local law enforcement

By Lacey WattTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—After seven years and a fight that took him all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, a Grant County man who had lost his $42,000 Range Rover for selling a small amount of heroin is finally getting the vehicle returned to him. “I was excited,” Tyson Timbs said of the ruling […]

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Senate Democrats oppose bill to give attorney general power to prosecute cases that locals decline

By Annah Elliott TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Democrats in the Indiana Senate are trying are trying to mobilize opposition to a bill that would give Indiana’s attorney general the power to prosecute marijuana and other cases where local prosecutors have declined to act. Sens. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, and Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, held a press conference Thursday at […]

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Opioid Task Force says courts need treatment options to deal with addiction crisis

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—With 120 Americans dying every day from opioid overdoses, a national group of state court judges is recommending expanding treatment options and creating specialized courts to deal with the crisis. The National Judicial Opioid Task Force, co-chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush, released a report  Wednesday with findings […]

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Indiana drug czar steps down after three years

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s drug czar announced Thursday that he is retiring effective Jan. 9 after three years on the job. Jim McClelland was appointed as executive director of drug prevention, treatment and enforcement by Gov. Eric Holcomb to oversee the state’s efforts to combat the drug crisis. The post was created in January 2017. […]

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Doctors argue for exceptions to electronic prescriptions

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Physicians who write few prescriptions or treat kidney dialysis patients should be exempt from a new law requiring that all controlled substances be prescribed electronically by Jan. 1, 2021. “Our concern is for those practitioners who work in small practices or outside a large health system that have not yet adopted […]

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DCS reports an increase in child deaths in 2017

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The number of children who died across the state as a result of abuse and neglect increased from 2016 to 2017, according to the Indiana Department of Child Services’ latest report on child fatalities. DCS, in its report released Friday, said the agency examined the deaths of 314 children and determined […]

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New medical training and app aim to lower opioid addiction rates

By Haley Carney TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Medical professionals in Indiana are now required to take additional training before being licensed to prescribe controlled substances. The purpose of the law, which was passed in the 2018 legislative session but took effect July 1, is to provide another tool in the state’s efforts to reduce opioid addiction. Anyone prescribing […]

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