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Guest column: Addiction and the anonymous people

By Michael Leppert Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Fairbanks held its Fourteenth Annual Circle of Hope Dinner recently.  I am pretty connected around town, so I got to attend for the second year in a row. Last year, NFL Hall of Famer Chris Carter shared his personal story of addiction and recovery. It was fascinating and motivational. […]

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Pence says he’ll sign needle exchange legislation

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence said he will sign a bill passed Wednesday by the General Assembly that lets local governments launch limited needle exchange programs – with approval from state officials. Pence had initially opposed legislation that authorized widespread needle programs, even though he had created a temporary one […]

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Lawmakers close to deal to allow more needle exchanges

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers say they’re close to reaching a deal about a proposal to legalize needle exchange programs in Indiana. Rep. Ed Clere, a key negotiator on the legislation and advocate of needle exchange, said the new proposal could allow programs in counties that are deemed high risk based on […]

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Report: State prescription tracking system is in ‘crisis’

Agency defends system as secure; lawmakers seek changes By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state system for tracking prescriptions has been “in crisis” and created a risk of exposing patients’ personal information, according to a state-commissioned report that Gov. Mike Pence’s administration tried to keep under wraps. The system, intended to help the state […]

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Indiana leaders differ on needle exchange legislation

By Alec Gray & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State leaders are split on needle exchange legislation with just days until the General Assembly is set to adjourn for the year. Senate President Pro Tem David Long said Thursday he supports the extension of a temporary needle exchange in Scott County – the epicenter of […]

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Video & story: Miller says she’s open to needle exchange legislation as So. Indiana HIV epidemic worsens

Mom talks about the importance of needle exchange from TheStatehouseFile.com. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A key Republican senator says she’s open to needle exchange legislation but needs the go-ahead from her GOP caucus to sign on. Public Health Chairman Pat Miller, R-Indianapolis, said after two hours of sometimes-emotional testimony on the proposal that […]

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Pence signs bill to expand use of heroin overdose antidote

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill that’s meant to help save drug users who’ve overdosed on heroin or other narcotic. Senate Bill 406 allows individuals to obtain and administer an overdose antidote known as Nalaxone or Narcan to have on hand in case a friend or family member […]

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Controversial vaping bill headed to Pence for consideration

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The makers and sellers of e-liquids used for vaping and electronic cigarettes would face licensing and new regulations under legislation moving to Gov. Mike Pence for consideration. House Bill 1432 bans the sale of e-liquids to minors and requires manufacturers to get a permit from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco […]

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Governor gets bill offering immunity to volunteer doctors, nurses

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House sent Gov. Mike Pence a bill that provides civil immunity to volunteer healthcare workers. House Bill 1145, authored by Rep. David Frizzell, R-Indianapolis, is meant to encourage doctors, nurses and other providers to volunteer their services. The bill does not give civil immunity for events that may occur […]

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Infant mortality plan passes Senate

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that aims to reduce the infant mortality rate in Indiana passed the Senate on Wednesday. HB 1004 creates the Safety Protecting Indiana’s Newborns grant program, which lawmakers call Safety PIN. The grant funds would be administered by the Indiana State Department of Health to local healthcare providers […]

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