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Three Die In Heroin-Suspected Overdoses In Vigo County

Apr 20, 2017
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Police suspect three Vigo County deaths could be the result of laced heroin. Authorities now say officers need to carry more of the overdose intervention drug naloxone.

Police say four people in Vigo County overdosed just this week and three of the overdoses were fatal. Officers started carrying one dose of naloxone in February of this year. Now some are carrying up to three doses. 

Sgt. Stephen Lockard with the Vigo County Drug Task Force says even that may not be enough. 

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Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski has been among the chorus of voices saying his city can’t, as the saying goes, “arrest its way out of a drug problem.”

But now that the Indiana General Assembly has made Tippecanoe County a pilot site for a new opioid treatment program, will the mayor be more bullish on that as a solution than he has been on the idea of a needle exchange? We put that question to him this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.

 

The House passed legislation that aims to crack down on heroin dealers and those who rob pharmacies. But critics argue the legislature is “backsliding” to previous, failed attempts to address the drug epidemic.

The bill increases penalties for robbing a pharmacy and dealing certain amounts of heroin. It also prevents a judge from suspending all or part of some heroin dealing sentences.

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A bill that would give counties the ability to set up needle exchanges without first getting state approval is one step closer to becoming law.

A Senate committee has approved the bill despite concerns from Attorney General Curtis Hill.

The Attorney General’s office says it’s neutral on the legislation, but nevertheless sent a representative to Wednesday’s Health and Provider Services Committee with a list of amendments.

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Deaths from drug overdoses have continued to increase in Indiana, mirroring national trends reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week.

According to the CDC report, the national drug-related death rate has increased more than two and a half times since 1999.

In that same time period, state health department numbers show the number of drug overdose deaths in Indiana has gone up 570 percent. In 2015, 1,236 people died from drug-related OD's.

LPD Sergeant Worries A Needle Exchange Is A Bad Idea

Nov 2, 2016
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The sergeant who oversees the Lafayette Police Department’s street crimes unit says he’s worried creating a needle exchange program will flood Tippecanoe County with heroin addicts.

“That word gets out and everyone says 'oh we can go to Tippecanoe County and we can get free needles' and then they come here and don’t leave," Adam Mellady says.

Mellady says he also worries adopting the needle exchange program is against at least the spirit of state law.

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Four Indiana health centers will receive more than $1.5 million in federal funding to address heroin and opioid abuse.

The funds are part of a $95 million initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services distributing funds to federally-recognized clinics called health centers.

Julia Wernz is the Director of Behavioral Health at Valley Professionals Community Health Center near Terre Haute, which is getting $406 thousand.

FDA To Add More Warnings To Opioid Medications

Mar 23, 2016
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The FDA Tuesday announced required safety labeling changes for immediate release opioid pain medications, to warn both prescribers and patients of the risks of abuse, addiction and overdose.

Immediate release opioids are designed to be taken every four to six hours, as opposed to long-acting products which are taken once or twice a day.

Research shows opioid addiction usually begins with prescription abuse. Earlier this week, Dr. Michael Cozzi of Fort Wayne was arrested for over-prescribing controlled substances.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly introduced an amendment to federal legislation Wednesday that addresses the national opioid and heroin use epidemic.

The legislation would give money to state and local response programs.

Donnelly’s proposed amendment is part of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA.  The legislation would fund state and local programs that address prescription practices, improve treatment and expand access to opioid abuse prevention and education methods.  

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With more people dying from drug overdose in Indiana than car accidents, school administrators are clamoring for ways to help their students avoid the temptation of drugs.

The Indianapolis-based nonprofit Operation Lifeline has started an outreach program to fill that need.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Leigh DeNoon was on hand for one of the group’s recent presentations, and has this report.

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