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%.

Michigan House of Representatives

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Opioid Treatment Providers Get New Oversight

May 6, 2019
Jeanie Lindsay

newly signed law will provide more structure for opioid treatment providers. The move aims to ensure Hoosiers who need medication-assisted treatment are receiving comprehensive care. 

Lauren Chapman

Indiana University joins a group of more than 100 organizations dedicated addressing opioid misuse to share research and data with the National Academy of Medicine. 

Justin Hicks

An employee benefits firm brought together companies and lawmakers Wednesday in Indianapolis to address the effects of opioid addiction on workplaces across the state. 

Jill Sheridan

A new tool is available for Indiana medical providers to fulfill continuing education requirements. The training is focused on opioid prescribing and abuse.

Opiate Overdoses Rising In Berrien County

Apr 16, 2019

Today the Berrien County Prosecutor's Office announced that in the last two weeks the prosecutor’s office has received reports of an extraordinary number of overdose deaths and overdose recoveries in a short period.

 Though not yet confirmed by autopsy reports, death scenes would suggest that these deaths have been throughout the county. In addition, it is reported there have been more than a usual number of treatments at emergency rooms as well.

A community forum on the opioid epidemic in Michiana  is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 from 6:00 P.M.- 8:30 P.M. at DW 1001 Wiekamp Hall, 1800 Mishawaka Avenue, on the campus of IU South Bend.

The forum will begin with a panel discussion that includes a diverse range of expert panelists from the fields of medicine, counseling, legal services, social work, patient advocacy, and law enforcement.

This event is free and open to the public.

Michigan Man To Walk 280 Miles For Mental Health Awareness

Mar 31, 2019

HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) — A man plans to walk more than 280 miles in Michigan to raise awareness about mental health, addiction and sobriety.

Mike Hamp, founder of the nonprofit Values Not Feelings Organization, plans to begin the journey from his hometown of Hastings to St. Ignace in August. He aims to cover about 25 miles a day during the “A Walk For Thought” project.

Hamp said he began struggling with opioid addition in high school following multiple shoulder surgeries.

Proposal Would Identify Prescriptions With Opioids

Mar 28, 2019
Jill Sheridan

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

Former NYC Mayor Helps Fight Michigan Opioid Deaths

Mar 14, 2019


 LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity will invest $10 million to help Michigan fight opioid overdose deaths.

Lauren Chapman

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