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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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Senate committee approves bill to reduce opioid deaths

By Claire Castillo TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee unanimously approved legislation that would require doctors to use INSPECT, the state’s prescription-monitoring website, before prescribing opioids to a patient. “Senate Bill 221 is part of our ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic at its source,” said Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, author of the bill. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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