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Opioid epidemic gets $50 million treatment

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s opioid crisis has educators and lawmakers proposing cutting edge measures to the combat the growing problem. Indiana University is investing $50 million in a project to reduce addiction while Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, wants tougher criminal penalties. “We’re attacking this epidemic on all fronts,” said Gov. Eric Holcomb […]

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Proposed changes could expand the Lifeline Law to drug users

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators are considering expanding the protections of the Lifeline Law to drug users. The law already gives immunity to callers under 21 years old who are looking for help to assist someone who has had too much to drink, but Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, hopes to add drug-related […]

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More than 200 overdose antidotes distributed in Johnson County

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN, Indiana –Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller Tuesday recognized Johnson County law enforcement and Johnson Memorial Hospital for their efforts to equip officers with Naloxone. Naloxone – also known as Narcan – is an intervention drug that reverses heroin overdose effects. The drug is administered through a syringe – without a […]

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Bill aims to curb meth production

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two members of the Indiana Senate want to change state law to make business harder for Hoosier meth makers. Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, and Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, announced Tuesday that they would introduce legislation requiring pseudoephedrine products to be kept behind a counter and not sold until the customer […]

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Survey: Eight out 10 Hoosier employers affected by prescription drug abuse and misuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One of the riskiest things you could do as a Hoosier adult used to be to get behind the wheel – something most of us do every single day. Today, adults in Indiana are more likely to die from a prescription drug overdose than in a car crash. A recent survey […]

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Number of HIV cases grows to 184 after testing blitz

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Three more people were diagnosed with HIV after a testing blitz in November – bringing the total in southeastern Indiana to 184. “While we hope to see no additional cases of HIV tied to this outbreak, we understand that we may continue to diagnose individuals with HIV infection who weren’t […]


Attorney general funds drug treatment plan

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Naloxone –an antidote used to reverse a heroin overdose –will now be in the hands of more first responders. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller unveiled a new grant program Thursday that aims to give all first responders the antidote and the proper training to administer it. Naloxone – also known as […]


Pence orders new drug enforcement work

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has directed the state to take action on a second round of recommendations coming from the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention. “The latest recommendations from the Task Force are another step in the right direction, and I am very thankful to the members […]

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State agencies directed to act on recommendations made by governor’s task force

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence directed state agencies Friday to act on the three initial recommendations provided by the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention. “I asked the members to act with urgency to develop recommendations to confront the scourge of drug abuse that is affecting communities all across […]

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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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