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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 […]

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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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Survey: Eight out 10 Hoosier employers affected by prescription drug abuse and misuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One of the riskiest things you could do as a Hoosier adult used to be to get behind the wheel – something most of us do every single day. Today, adults in Indiana are more likely to die from a prescription drug overdose than in a car crash. A recent survey […]

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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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Heroin antidote bill passes House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A drug that can reverse a heroin overdose would become more readily available to the friends and families of addicts under legislation that passed the House unanimously Tuesday. Senate Bill 406 now moves back to the Senate, which has approved a similar version of the legislation. The Senate will […]