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Two programs that link health providers with on-the-ground experts will expand with help from the state. The work builds on the success of previous ECHO projects in Indiana. 

The state’s first ECHO project trained more providers around Indiana to treat Hepatitis C. Two newer projects will now receive nearly $1 million from the Indiana State Department of Health.  One focuses on training peer health educators in prison.

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The Wellness Council of Indiana kicked off a statewide series of employer talks in South Bend on Wednesday. It’s part of a campaign to encourage employers to hire and retain workers struggling with opioid addiction. 

The goal of the seminar was to arm employers with information about opioid abuse and treatment programs so they can help workers who ask for assistance with addiction. Representatives from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Family and Social Services Administration spoke. 


The state will receive $21 million over the next three years to prevent drug overdose deaths.

The money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be used to improve data collection, increase prescription drug monitoring and provide harm reduction training. 

READ MORE: Report: Indiana Losing Out On Federal Opioid Funding

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Communities in southeast Indiana will receive more than $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to get recovering opioid users back into the workforce. State officials celebrated the announcement at a Honda manufacturing plant Friday. 

At the event, Indiana Drug Czar Jim McClelland called the opioid crisis a “plague” and Fred Payne, commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, noted that in 2018 the state lost nearly $2 billion to the opioid crisis. Both say the grant represents a significant step in solving the workforce issues created by addiction.

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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

Indiana is one of 48 states taking legal action against drug manufacturers and Hoosier legal experts watched the Oklahoma case closely. 

Report: Indiana Losing Out On Federal Opioid Funding

Aug 27, 2019
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new analysis explores disparities in federal funding for the opioid crisis and finds Indiana is one of the states that may be getting short changed.

The federal government granted states a total of $11 billion in 2017-2018. Indiana received $158 million of that money. The report from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation says that amount should be higher.

Claire Fiddian-Green is the foundation's president and CEO.

National Drug Czar Visits Indiana To Talk Opioids

Aug 15, 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. 

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NEW YORK (AP) — Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades.

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

Overdose Lifeline will visit seven different faith organizations across the state. Executive director Justin Phillips says churches have been asking how to engage their community regarding the opioid epidemic.

"Armed with information, they’ll have a solution," Phillips says. "We had a gentleman say to us the other day ‘I don’t know how to help’, so we feel like these regional trainings are opportunities to help."

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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’s Department of Workforce Development received a dislocated worker grant commonly used after large layoffs or disasters to help re-employ workers. It plans to serve about 450 grants recipients in areas of southeastern Indiana – hit hardest by the opioid crisis. 

Indiana Opioid Prescriptions Fell By 35% Since 2013

Jun 17, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A national report says opioid prescriptions in Indiana have decreased by 35.1% over five years.

The American Medical Association Opioid Task Force 2019 Progress Report shows Indiana's reduction in opioid prescriptions from 2013 to 2018 is two percentage points higher than the national average of 33%.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who was charged in an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign money says he's seeking treatment for his long-term use of prescription painkillers.

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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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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.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency has awarded Indiana $1.2 million to further the state's efforts to fight the opioid epidemic in rural areas.

The Health Resources and Services Administration's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded $200,000 in planning grants to six Indiana entities , including mental health treatment centers.