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Drug commission echoes governor’s anti-marijuana position

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse voted overwhelmingly Thursday to oppose efforts to decriminalize marijuana for medical or recreational use. The 11-3 vote, with two abstentions, was taken at the commission’s regular meeting, echoing Gov. Eric Holcomb’s opposition to legislative efforts to relax Indiana’s marijuana laws. “I think […]

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Indiana implements new opioid prescription monitoring program to reduce addiction

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Spending summers poolside with his family at his Brownsburg home, and hanging out with friends on the weekends were some of Brandon George’s favorite activities growing up. But quickly, the carefree weekends came with consequences — consequences that could have cost him his life. George began drinking and using […]

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New crisis intervention team could be example for Indiana law enforcement

By Abrahm Hurt  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Metro Police Department is launching a pilot program, designed to help assess the mental or behavioral state of individuals in a crisis, that could serve as a model for other communities across the state. A team, including a police officer, a paramedic and a clinician, will work to de-escalate situations […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Mental illness education program for law enforcement may expand

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 20th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Amy Brinkley thinks her brother’s death could have been prevented. Her 30-year-old brother Paul suffered from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD. In his mid-20s, Paul endured […]

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Pence outlines progress in fighting drug abuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — As the U.S. House of Representatives considers how to address the opioid crisis, Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to the Indiana Congressional Delegation charting the state’s progress in combatting drug abuse. A package of bills is under consideration in the U.S. House that would provide public safety and health […]