A new report highlights moves Indiana has made to address the opioid epidemic. A reduction of opioid prescriptions tops the list.

Proposal Would Identify Prescriptions With Opioids

Mar 28, 2019
Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) authored the legislation that aims to improve consumer awareness. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A bill that would require Indiana pharmacies to identify drugs that contain opioids on the label is moving through the Indiana legislature. 

IU Health Chief Medical Executive Jonathan Gottlieb says the system's approach to opioids has allowed prescribers to reassess their practices. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana health systems are seeing a reduction in opioid prescriptions in response to the state’s epidemic. 

Indiana FSSA Division of Mental Health and Addiction director Kevin Moore addresses the Commission to Combat Drug Abuse. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana’s Commission to Combat Drug Abuse met Friday in Indianapolis discussing how the state has addressed the opioid and addiction crisis. The group highlighted progress, as well as areas of need.

How Indiana's Addiction Crisis Impacts Families

Nov 20, 2018
Dr. Joseph Ryan presents at the meeting to highlight the opioid epidemic on families. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana has one of highest rates of children in foster care and much of the blame is placed on neglect related to substance use. The Center for Families at Purdue University hosted a meeting to frame what is working in other states and highlight policies.

New Reports Calculate Lives Lost To Tobacco, Opioids

Oct 31, 2018
Lauren Chapman

Two new reports from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation outline the loss of life in Indiana from two epidemics: tobacco and opioids

Recent analysis studied the perceptions of participants involved in a landmark study that found – for chronic pain – opioids may not be more effective than other pain medication like ibuprofen.  

City of Frankfort

As development along Interstate 65 becomes a topic in Clinton County elections this year, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes finds himself between a highway and a hard place.

On the one hand, he had to forego his plan to annex land from the city limits out to I-65. On the other, he watched county officials begin to develop land near the State Road 28 interchange and now hears county commissioner candidates ask his city to extend its utilities westward to serve those new investments.

New Program Provides Opioid Education For Doctors

Apr 3, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

The Indiana State Medical Association and the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation announced the first statewide program to teach physicians best practices for prescribing opioids.  

State law now requires prescribers to receive opioid prescription training every two years.  The Indiana State Medical Association will develop an app to help them do this.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

State lawmakers recently passed a bill allowing municipalities to regulate room rentals on websites like AirBnb.

That came after the City of Lafayette passed an ordinance with very similar language making people who rent their rooms on such sites pay a registration fee.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we’ll find out from Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski how many people have already registered and how the city plans to track down those who don’t pay the fee.