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Johnson County launches pilot program to help with opioid withdrawal

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Johnson County law enforcement officials announced Tuesday the launching of a pilot program aimed at battling the state’s heroin epidemic. The Bridge Treatment Program is a device that aims to help drug users treat pain associated with heroin withdrawal symptoms.  “The pains are so immense that they can’t make […]

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Gregg reveals plan to fight crime, drug epidemic

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A seven-part public safety plan unveiled by Democratic candidate for governor John Gregg Thursday is designed to tackle the state’s drug epidemic and cybercrimes. The “Safe Communities Plan” also lays out his strategies to combat sexual violence against children, reduce recidivism and offer support to state and local law enforcement […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Overdose reversal drug to be over-the-counter

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — A mother’s mission has resulted in making a life-saving medication available to anyone in the state of Indiana. Aaron’s impact “We all knew for a […]

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Pence signs into law seven bills designed to combat drug abuse

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law seven bills designed to punish drug dealers as well as treat and prevent addictions. “Sometimes people ask me what keeps me up at night and I say without hesitation—as much as a dad, as a governor—it is the scourge of drug abuse […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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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Congress considers a bill to curb drug abuse

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation aimed at reducing the abuse of prescription drugs and heroin in Indiana has been re-introduced in Congress. Sen. Joe Donelly, D-Indiana, said he is resurrecting the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse Prevention, Education and Enforcement Act because abuse of opioids and heroin continues to rise nationwide. “Sadly, prescription […]

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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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