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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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Senate bill would legalize CBD oil

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Senate has approved its version of legislation that would legalize the sale of CBD oil, or cannabidiol, for use by all Hoosiers. Senate Bill 52, authored by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, was approved by a 35-13 vote Monday. Similar legislation passed the House last week. SB 52 legalizes CBD oil […]

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Indiana’s version of Medicaid get federal approval

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana will continue to provide health coverage for low income Hoosiers under the Healthy Indiana Plan.  In a press conference on Friday, Gov. Eric Holcomb and Alex Azar, U.S. Health and Human Services secretary, announced the Trump administration’s approval of a three-year extension to HIP.  “The new demonstration includes […]

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Gary officials demand answers for pharmacy closings

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — For some 80,000 residents of Gary, Indiana, access to medicine is becoming an everyday struggle. Karen Freeman Wilson, the city’s mayor, said this is because three different Walgreens pharmacies and one Fagen pharmacy have closed without warning over the past three years. “This is an issue, and we don’t […]

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Anti-tobacco bill would increase smoking age to 21

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, has been fighting to reduce Indiana’s high smoking rate for nearly 20 years. On Monday, the soon-to-be retired lawmaker got a little closer to his goal. The House Public Health Committee unanimously approved House Bill 1380, Brown’s newest strategy to reduce smoking rates by raising […]

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INSPECT bill could slow spread of opioid addiction

By Amari Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would require all medical practitioners to use state prescription-monitoring software, before prescribing opioids, passes 47-1 in the Senate. Senate Bill 221, authored by Erin Houchin, R-Salem, requires doctors to have access to INSPECT, a website to allow practitioners to check a patient’s controlled substance prescription history. Houchin said […]

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Medical marijuana goes to interim study committee

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana House unanimously passed a resolution that would have an interim legislative study committee take up the issue of medical marijuana. The committee, which would meet later next summer or fall, will explore whether there are medical benefits to the use of marijuana, which is currently classified as a Schedule […]

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Senate committee approves tougher abortion regulations

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would that would add more reporting and tracking requirements to Indiana’s abortion regulations passed a Senate committee Wednesday. Among the provisions in the 12 pages of Senate Bill 340 are more inspections of abortion clinics, additions to informed consent forms patients must review and sign, and the reporting of […]

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Senate bill would require locks on prescription bottles

By Claire Castillo TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Teenagers are two times more likely to access pills out of their parents medicine cabinets than they are to go to the streets to get illegal drugs. “Pilfering is the number one way that teenagers initiate drug abuse in our country today,” Amy Levander, chair of Krieg Devault said. […]

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January recognized as Cervical Cancer Screening and Awareness Month

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–When Erica Frazier discovered her cervical cancer was incurable in 2015, the things that typically seemed important to a normal 32-year-old were put in the background. Frazier was first diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2012, and through her battle she became an advocate for cervical cancer awareness and prevention. “Having cervical […]

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