opioid crisis

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U.S. Surgeon General – and former Indiana Health Commissioner – Jerome Adams says additional screenings could offer Indiana college students more information about their potential for drug overdose and addiction.

Speaking Monday at Purdue University, Adams talked about what he called his own family’s genetic predisposition to addiction, and suggested that first-year students could benefit from taking an exam which correlates adverse childhood experiences with a likelihood for addiction later in life.

A new national report examines possible ways to end the HIV epidemic and includes one Indiana County.

The first test case to hold a drug-maker responsible for the opioid epidemic was decided in Oklahoma Monday.  A judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $500 million to the state

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. 

Indiana Officials Call Meth Emerging Drug Crisis

Aug 9, 2019

Meth – this is the drug the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse says needs more attention.

The commission met Thursday to discuss the emerging drug, in a shift that comes after years of statewide focus on the opioid epidemic. A recent preliminary Centers for Disease Control report shows promising signs that the opioid epidemic may be slowing.

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

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday it’s granting Indiana between $1.5 million and $4.7 million to combat the ongoing effects of the opioid crisis. It will create disaster-relief jobs to treat drug use and addiction. 

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announces a lawsuit against the Sackler family. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana’s Attorney General filed a new lawsuit aimed at the family behind Purdue Pharma. The state becomes the latest to accuse members of the Sackler family of exacerbating the opioid crisis.

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Lauren Chapman

The opioid crisis has spurred some health providers to crack down on prescribing opioids. After a recent review, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has clarified guidelines that address this.

Hepatitis C Program Aims To Connect Care, Fight Stigma

May 14, 2019

An estimated 50,000 people in Indiana live with the Hepatitis C. Many contracted the virus through intravenous drug use. A new project called HepConnect will work to expand screening, link people to care and support programs like syringe exchanges.

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