State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams

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Tippecanoe County has become Indiana’s ninth with a declared public health emergency – an intermediate step in establishing a needle exchange in the county.

State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams Thursday approved the request from Tippecanoe County Health Officer Jeremy Adler, based primarily on increased numbers of hepatitis C cases linked to IV drug use.

The city of Lafayette has battled a spike in major crimes in the past several years, and elected officials including Mayor Tony Roswarski  have attributed the additional crime to a corresponding drug use epidemic.

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Indiana will make it easier to get one drug over the counter and harder to get some others, as it tries to get the upper hand against drug abuse.

Gov. Mike Pence has signed seven drug bills into law, including a measure creating a standing prescription at all pharmacies for Narcan, a drug which can quickly reverse a heroin overdose.

State Police Superintendent Doug Carter says in Marion County alone, officers have revived 200 patients with Narcan so far this year.