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Savannah’s Law provides for carbon monoxide testing in older vehicles

Editor’s note: This is one story in an occasional series about the impact of new laws on Hoosiers. By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—When buying a used car it is common to examine the brakes, the tires and lights, but a test for carbon monoxide leaks should be added to the checklist. The deadly gas is […]

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Eyeball tattooing ban takes effect July 1

Editor’s note: This is a story in an occasional series about the impact of new laws on Hoosiers. By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. John Ruckelshaus, R-Indianapolis, knows the struggles of having eye problems. Ruckelshaus is a glaucoma patient who has had 10 surgeries on his eyes. His two children, also glaucoma patients, have […]

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Local governments attacking the opioid epidemic

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Local communities from Lawrenceburg to Kokomo are taking on the fight against opioid addiction. On Thursday, the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse met to highlight three new programs, give an update on the OpenBeds program and hear about where federal money will be spent to combat the opioid […]

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New opioid addiction program to help expectant mothers, newborn babies

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The state is lending a hand to expectant mothers with opioid addiction and babies who are born addicted to the drugs. Monday, Gov. Eric Holcomb, lawmakers, and physicians gathered at the Community Hospital East Monday to announce a new Community Health Network program to address opioid use disorder in mothers […]

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New CBD oil law clarifies murky regulations

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —After living with diabetes for 51 years, Dr. Pamela Reilly has been able to lower her insulin levels by 45 percent. She used CBD oil—also known as cannabidiol—to make that change. Reilly, a naturopathic physician who started the Good Works Wellness Research in Fishers, has seen the impact that CBD […]

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Holcomb signs stricter abortion reporting law

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana health care providers will face stricter abortion regulations under legislation signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb Sunday. Senate Enrolled Act 340 requires health care providers to annually report 26 abortion complications to the Indiana State Department of Health. The complications include infection, blood clots, cardiac arrest and […]

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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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Abortion and baby box bill heads to governor’s desk

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation requiring health care providers to report abortion complications to the Indiana State Department of Health cleared a final hurdle Wednesday and now goes to the governor for his signature. Senate Bill 340, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, passed out of the Senate 37-9. The bill adds a series of […]

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CBD oil access for all moves closer to becoming law

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—CBD oil has moved closer to becoming legal in Indiana after action in the Indiana General Assembly Tuesday. House Bill 1214, which would allow anyone to purchase cannabidiol or CBD oil, passed the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee by a 6-2 vote. “I think we’re going to get this done […]

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One in seven baby umbilical cords tested positive for opiates, study finds

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana has a higher number of babies’ umbilical cords testing positive for opiates than the national average. Through a program in which nearly 3,000 cords from 21 hospitals were examined, data showed that one in seven—or 14.37 percent—tested positive for opiates. The national average is 10.8 percent. In January […]

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