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State sues opioid drug maker to recoup addiction costs

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana has joined the legion of states suing opioid maker Purdue Pharma for promoting the drug while downplaying its risks to boost sales, leading to the opioid crisis plaguing the state today. The 93-page lawsuit filed Wednesday in Marion Superior Court accuses the privately-held Stamford, Connecticut drug company of false and […]

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State police collecting old, unused medicines Saturday

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana State Police are partnering with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration on Saturday in another prescription drug take back initiative. Collection sites will be set up across Indiana at state police locations as well as at sites across the nation for the public to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. […]

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Hours-long medical marijuana review results in no recommendation

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—An interim study committee on public health, behavioral health and human services failed to agree on a proposal Thursday to expand medical marijuana use to Hoosiers who qualify for certain treatments.  Fourteen voices in support, eight opposed and two independent researchers joined in the hours-long conversation with the committee, which opened […]

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Indiana needs more resources to treat opioid addiction, panel told

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana has come a long way in the battle with opioids but the state needs to continue to do more, Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, said during a committee meeting Thursday. “As a state, we need to do anything and everything we can to help those who are addicted get […]

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New map helps identify areas of opioid overdoses

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse has launched an interactive, online naloxone administration heat map that provides insight into the location of incidents where naloxone was administered and reported by emergency medical services providers. Also known by the brand name Narcan®, naloxone blocks the effects of an opioid overdose and can […]

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Opioid deaths continue to rise across Indiana

Editor’s note: This is another in an occasional series about the impact of new laws on Hoosiers. By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — While Indiana has seen its number of opioid treatment centers increase in recent years, the number of opioid-related deaths continue to rise across the state. In 2016, almost 800 people died of […]

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National Opioid Task Force discusses the plan to combat addiction

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Tackling the nation’s worsening opioid addiction epidemic requires the efforts of more than the courts or the health care system. It requires the work and support of the entire community. Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush delivered that message Tuesday as the National Justice Opioid Task Force was wrapping up […]

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Indiana State Police, DEA partner to collect old prescription drugs

Staff Report The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Hoosiers will have the opportunity this weekend to anonymously dispose of unused, unwanted prescription drugs while helping to address public safety and health issues.  On Friday, the Indiana State Police will host a drop off site 11 a.m.-1 p.m. inside the Indiana Government Center North public entrance in Indianapolis.   […]

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Partnership aims to get addicts connected to treatment

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new partnership will provide Hoosiers struggling with substance abuse a quick way to seek treatment. Technology from OpenBeds and Indiana 2-1-1’s database of service providers from will be combined to connect people with real-time addiction treatment options. “The mental health crises we are currently experiencing has many similarities […]

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FSSA unveils programs to fight drug epidemic

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration has unveiled two new programs as part of its effort to combat the state’s drug epidemic. One initiative will help Hoosiers find treatment providers that have been certified by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction through a recovery website, www.in.gov/recovery. The second is the opening […]

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