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New Jersey governor speaks out against opioids

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As a presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walked into an event in New Hampshire where he met a family whose story would later make a difference for thousands of Americans nationwide. “They came to tell me they were touched by a video I put out against opioids […]

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Community providers trained on overdose reversal medication

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the community made their way to the Indianapolis Police Department for a training day on how to administer Narcan, a medication that counteracts the effects of an overdose from opioids such as Oxycontin or heroin. The rise in overdoses over the past several years has prompted officials […]

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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 […]

Commentary: Opioid abuse a unique problem that requires systemic solutions

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Commentary: Opioid abuse a unique problem that requires systemic solutions

By Greg Zoeller Special to TheStatehouseFile.com During my watch as Indiana’s Attorney General, our state and nation have come to realize what the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. David Kessler, recently called one of the “great mistakes of modern medicine.” The opioid addiction epidemic is uniquely an American disease as […]

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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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Multiple bills aimed at curbing meth, heroin use go to the governor

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Several bills designed to hinder the use of drugs are headed to the governor’s desk for his consideration. Senate Bill 80 – Pharmacists can deny sales of cold medicines These new rules would require a customer who wants to buy certain cold medicines to be a patient of record […]

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Grants give $127K to pay for Narcan kits & first responder training

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – New grants will provide the funding to train and equip more first responders with naloxone, the fast-acting antidote for drug overdoses. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Thursday three nonprofit organizations received a total of $127,000 through a newly created grant program. “Indiana is in crisis mode as it responds […]

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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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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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