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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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Indiana sues the family of opioid maker Purdue Pharma

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The state’s attorney general’s office has sued members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, the Connecticut-based maker of the painkiller OxyContin, accusing them of playing a key role in worsening Indiana’s opioid crisis. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Marion Superior Court accuses the Sackler family of intentionally understating the health risks […]

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New survey shows concern with employers’ ability to help addicted workers

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–A statewide survey shows that Indiana employers are underestimating the impact of substance abuse on their workplaces. A survey looking at substance abuse within Hoosier companies was compiled by Indiana Workforce Recovery, an initiative started by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wellness Council of Indiana, and results were released […]

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Community programs encourage culture of care as Indiana’s drug overdose deaths decline

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com      INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse met Thursday to discuss how to combat drug abuse harming the state’s workforce, infants and public security. Jim McClelland, the state’s executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement, opened the commission meeting, which heard from representatives from a public […]

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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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