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New law: Overdose antidote now available widely

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Justin Phillips is a mother who believes she could’ve saved her son’s life if a heroin antidote had been available to her at the time of his death. “What we really need is for it to be in the hands of normal people – you and I, the other […]

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Bird flu causes restrictions on fairs, exhibits and sales

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Bird flu has hit Indiana again. The Board of Animal Health has banned owners from moving their birds to places where they’ll be in contact with others to try to stop the spread of the illness. The move comes after 77 birds in tested positive for virus. Shows, exhibitions […]

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ISU law enforcement take part in antidote training

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State University campus law enforcement officials are now more prepared to handle overdose emergencies thanks to a training program supported by the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force. The training on Tuesday taught emergency personnel on the ISU campus how to administer heroin/opiate antidote naloxone. Attorney General Greg […]

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Donnelly’s military mental health legislation moves forward

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s proposal to provide more mental health options for active military servicemen is on its way to the full Senate. The Service Member and Veteran Mental Health Care Package – also referred to as “Care Package” – is a component of the National Defense Authorization Act […]

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Needle exchange bill now law; Pence says it will save lives

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation Tuesday that will make it easier for other counties to launch needle exchange programs to combat diseases passed through intravenous drug use. The law takes effect immediately. It comes after Pence declared an emergency and created a temporary needle exchange program in Scott County, […]

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Video & story: Pence signs bill to give civil immunity to volunteer doctors, nurses

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law on Tuesday that gives civil immunity to volunteer healthcare providers. The new law also provides immunity to licensed medical professionals who volunteer their services at no cost to taxpayers or patients. It applies to physician assistants, advanced nurses, podiatrists, and optometrists […]

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Pence signs bill to try to reduce infant mortality rates

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law on Monday that is designed to lower infant mortality rates in the state. The new law establishes the Safety Protecting Indiana’s Newborns grant program and has been referred to throughout the session as Safety PIN. The General Assembly allocated $8 million […]

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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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