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Syringe exchange programs spark drug prevention debate

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — As lawmakers consider expanding access to syringe exchange programs, they’re having to weigh how the changes would impact both public health and drug prevention. House Bill 1438 would allow a county or city to enact its own syringe exchange program rather than seek approval from the state. “I believe […]

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Attorney general at odds with governor over needle exchanges

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Attorney General Curtis Hill finds himself on the opposite side of Gov. Eric Holcomb and fellow House Republicans on the issue of syringe exchange programs. Hill testified against House Bill 1438, which would allow a county or city to enact its own syringe exchange program rather than have to […]

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Public health emergency declared in Allen County

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A public health emergency has been declared in Allen County, allowing the county health department to establish a syringe exchange program in an effort to stop the spread of hepatitis C. The increase in hepatitis C cases puts county residents at risk for other diseases spread through intravenous drug use, […]

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Wayne County to launch a syringe exchange program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A public health emergency has been declared in Wayne County, allowing the county health department to establish a syringe exchange program in an effort to stop the spread of hepatitis C. State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams made the declaration Friday. “Every Indiana community should know its risk factors for an […]

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Monroe County to launch needle exchange to stem hepatitis C outbreak

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Monroe County will start a needle exchange program under a public health emergency declared Tuesday. “Monroe County is experiencing an epidemic of hepatitis C tied to intravenous drug use,” said State Heath Commissioner Jerome Adams. “The syringe exchange is part of a comprehensive approach that will connect residents with […]

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Pence creates a task force to address the state’s growing drug abuse epidemic

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced the creation of a drug task force Tuesday to address the state’s growing epidemic of substance abuse. “We’ve created the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention because it is time to take a holistic and collaborative approach to addressing substance abuse and its […]

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More than a dozen counties are considering needle exchange

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Three Indiana counties – Scott, Madison and Fayette – are taking advantage of needle exchange programs and more than a dozen others are looking to add their names to the list. “I think it’s safe to say that these communities as they move forward they represent a new generation […]

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Madison County becomes second to launch needle exchange under new law

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Madison County will launch a needle exchange program to try to stem the spread of Hepatitis C spread through intravenous drug use. State health officials on Tuesday approved the Madison County plan under a law the General Assembly passed just this spring. It’s the first community to use the […]

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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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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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