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The state will receive $21 million over the next three years to prevent drug overdose deaths.

National Drug Czar Visits Indiana To Talk Opioids

Aug 14, 2019

The head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy visited Indiana this week to talk with state leaders about the opioid crisis. Drug Czar Jim Carroll says that he wants to share with other states and the federal government what led to a recent drop in overdose deaths in Indiana. 

An Indiana non-profit is touring the state to bring opioid education and tools to faith based communities. 

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law a bill to impose harsher penalties on drug dealers if a person overdoses and dies on those drugs. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Legislation signed into law this week will impose harsher penalties on drug dealers if a person overdoses and dies on those drugs.

Proponents argue it sends a tough message to drug dealers in the state. But some lawmakers question its unintended consequences.

Opioid Overdoses May Be Seriously Undercounted

Mar 21, 2018
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In a refrigerator in the coroner’s office in Marion County, Indiana, rows of vials await testing. They contain blood, urine and vitreous, the fluid collected from inside a human eye. In overdose cases, the fluids may contain clues for investigators. 

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In March, the Frankfort Police Department will begin to treat every drug overdose as a crime scene in an effort to find and convict drug dealers.

According to new overdose guidelines, officers will first respond to the overdose in a medical sense. And if an opioid was involved, they’ll administer the overdose-reversal drug naloxone.

Then, officers will collect evidence and statements from the scene to help build criminal cases against drug dealers.

Deputy Chief Scott Shoemaker says he’s confident most victims won’t cooperate, so police will dig deeper.

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Legislation approved by the Senate Tuesday creates a new crime to charge drug dealers with higher penalties if the person they deliver those drugs to overdoses and dies. But some lawmakers worry the measure will ensnare otherwise innocent people.

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Indiana lawmakers want to create a new crime to dramatically increase penalties for drug dealers if the buyer overdoses and dies.

Under current law, if you give a friend a small amount of Adderall or Ritalin and they overdose and die, you could get up to two and a half years in prison. If proposed legislation passes, you could get up to 40 years.

Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council executive director David Powell says the bill sends a message to drug dealers, even if it will rarely be used.

Tippecanoe Co. Forms Drug Overdose Death Research Team

Feb 15, 2018
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Tippecanoe County is one of four in the state selected to start a data-collecting pilot program on drug overdose deaths.

The Tippecanoe County Drug Overdose Fatality Review Team would report to the state health department who is dying from drug overdoses, circumstances surrounding each death and any commonalities between cases.

Deputy Prosecutor Jason Biss says the team’s job is to examine each overdose beyond the autopsy.

The Indiana State Department of Health has awarded $127,000 in naloxone kits to rural Indiana counties. The opioid overdose reversal medication is going to the counties with high numbers of emergency room overdose visits.

Thirty-four rural counties will receive nearly 3,400 naloxone kits, to be distributed to first responders. The federal grant money is part of a larger $3.2 million gift the state received last year.

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