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Commentary: Waking up from dreamland

Commentary: Waking up from dreamland

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Who among us does not have some experience, in some way, with addiction? For the few Americans who can raise their hand to that question, my best advice is to count your blessings today and to not bet on that winning streak continuing tomorrow. I bought an important book last year, […]

Commentary: Surrender for some courage

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Commentary: Surrender for some courage

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com Writing a column seems like it should be easy for someone full of opinions.  And in most ways it is.  But the tough part sometimes can be expressing something close to your heart, knowing you may get some ridicule for it.  I never thought I was capable of doing that until […]

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Numerous communities plan to participate in National Prescription Take-Back Day

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers will be able to safely get rid of unused or expired prescription drugs this weekend. This Saturday is National Prescription Take-Back Day, which is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. The program is designed to encourage people to dispose of old prescription drugs in a way that endangers neither […]

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New law: Jennifer Act meant to help those with addictions

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new law called The Jennifer Act aims to bring hope to those who are struggling with addiction by ensuring Medicaid will provide inpatient detoxification and cover some medical treatments such as methadone. Hoosier Sharon Blair pushed for the law – passed in April – in memory of her […]

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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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Analysis: Addiction is a societal problem, one that must be tackled

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There was a time when I looked at addicts as people who made poor choices in their lives and refused to take responsibility for their actions. I had little interest in government-funded programs to serve people I believed had brought their problems on themselves. Today, I believe I had […]

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Video & story: Antidote for heroin overdose could be more available under proposed bill

Narcan syringes could be in more Hoosier hands from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers with loved ones or friends with a heroin addiction may be able to save their lives in the event of an overdose if a bill moving through the General Assembly becomes law. Naloxone – also known […]

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Bill would focus community corrections programs on addiction, mental health treatment

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lower level felons would get mental health and addiction help in their home communities under legislation the Indiana House approved unanimously Monday. House Bill 1006 – which now moves to the Senate – creates a structure through which millions of dollars are expected to flow to community corrections and […]

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Police tell Brooks, Merritt that heroin is growing problem

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Local, state and federal law enforcement told a congresswoman and a state senator on Tuesday that Indiana has a growing problem with heroin addiction and deaths. Officials from Madison, Marion, Hartford and Hamilton counties were among those who came to a listening session in Noblesville hosted by U.S. […]

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Video & story: Heroin traps young lives across Indiana

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Heroin use is on the rise – not just in Hollywood or New York, where living fast and dying young can seem a world away – but in less sophisticated cities, towns and suburbs across Indiana and the rest of the nation. Understanding the Heroin Crisis in Indiana 10 […]

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