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Senate bill would require locks on prescription bottles

By Claire Castillo TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Teenagers are two times more likely to access pills out of their parents medicine cabinets than they are to go to the streets to get illegal drugs. “Pilfering is the number one way that teenagers initiate drug abuse in our country today,” Amy Levander, chair of Krieg Devault said. […]

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Senate committee approves bill to reduce opioid deaths

By Claire Castillo TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee unanimously approved legislation that would require doctors to use INSPECT, the state’s prescription-monitoring website, before prescribing opioids to a patient. “Senate Bill 221 is part of our ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic at its source,” said Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, author of the bill. […]


State lawmaker tackles opioid epidemic

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, said Tuesday he will author for the 2018 legislative session he hopes will combat the opioid epidemic. “Our goal this session is to work towards prescription reform along with, as we’ve talked about before, drug-dealing reform,” Merritt said. Merritt’s proposed legislation includes: mandatory registration […]

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New device eliminates the pain of opioid withdrawal

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a neurological device that could help those suffering from opioid withdrawal symptoms. “This is something, I think, will revolutionize the country in the way of addiction and the epidemic in our world,” said Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis. The NSS-2 BRIDGE, was […]

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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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30 Laws in 30 Days: Indiana Housing First Program to provide homes for mentally ill, addicted people

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – Through salvaged bikes and acoustic guitar, Billy Young is starting to feel like his old self. “That’s who I was before everything happened,” he said. […]

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‘Baby box’ bill sent to the governor’s desk

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation designed to protect distressed mothers who want to anonymously drop off their newborns is taking the final steps toward becoming law in Indiana. Under the Safe Haven law, a mother is allowed to give up her baby at a police station, fire station or a hospital emergency room […]

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Patient access to opioid prescriptions could be limited

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some patients who need Oxycodone or Vicodin may find that their doctor can only prescribe the medication for a week if bill continues to advance through the General Assembly. Minors and first-time users would be limited under Senate Bill 226 with the hopes of preventing opioid addiction. With only […]

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Bill would shorten length of opioid prescriptions

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Patients who are in need of pain medication may soon find their doctor can only prescribe them for a shorter period of time. Senate Bill 226, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, would limit the amount of time a physician can prescribe opioids to minors and first-time adult users […]

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Proposal to expand school employee background checks raises concerns about pay

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A bill requiring more extensive background checks on school employees has some questioning whether those employees should pay for the checks themselves. Testimony was heard for Senate Bill 34, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, during the Education and Career Development committee hearing on Wednesday. This bill, if implemented, […]

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