substance abuse

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.

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.

(WFIU/WTIU)
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.

The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse met in Indianapolis Thursday to discuss programs to treat pregnant women with substance use disorders. Community Health Network provided an update on their work so far.

The bill signing took place at the Goodwill Nurse-Family Partnership in Merrillville. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Governor's Office)
Jill Sheridan

Gov. Eric Holcomb traveled to northern Indiana Wednesday to sign new legislation that will create a state perinatal program. It aims to address Indiana’s high infant and maternal mortality rates.

Youth Summit Addresses Substance Abuse Prevention

Apr 17, 2019

Dozens of Indiana students attended a substance abuse prevention summit at the Statehouse. The event highlighted the expansion of one program to reduce prescription drug abuse. 

Indiana Marks 100 Problem-Solving Courts

Apr 8, 2019

Indiana marks a milestone with the addition of an alternative court in Pulaski County.  The state now has 100 problem-solving courts

Problem-solving courts tackle the underlying issues people face including substance abuse and mental health.  The latest specialized court to be certified in Indiana is a veteran’s treatment court. The courts offer treatment instead of incarceration and involve judges and community service teams who work with individuals to navigate the system. 

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