Drugfree Coalition of Tippecanoe County

Gretchen Frazee, Indiana Public Media

An increase in the number of hepatitis C infections attributable to injection drug use has prompted Tippecanoe County Health Officer Jeremy Adler to start developing a plan to stem the spread of the virus.

County data show 61 percent of new hepatitis C cases last year occurred in people who had injected drugs, an increase from 50 percent in 2014, and 37 percent in 2013.

Almond Dhukka / https://www.flickr.com/photos/almondbutterscotch/

Peer pressure is often pointed to as the reason young people make bad decisions.

But a new study out of Purdue indicates that when it comes to prescription drug abuse, direct peer pressure may not be the biggest factor.