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The federal government announced a push last year to end the HIV epidemic.  The virus, which was once a death sentence for many, can now be managed and prevented through medical advances, but it will take more than a pill to stop the spread of  HIV.

A one stop shop model aims to help close the gaps in care for Hoosiers.

Sam McHenry has been a volunteer at the Damien Center in Indianapolis for more than 20 years. 

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The final report for the National Judicial Opioid Task Force was released this week and includes recommendations and resources for courts responding to addiction.

The task force was formed in 2017.  Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush co-chairs the group and says it was created in response to the growing number of court cases related to substance abuse.

Grant Supports Increased Access To Addiction Treatment

May 30, 2019

Two Indiana health organizations will partner to connect more people with “medication-assisted treatment,” or MAT for opioid addiction. 

MAT prescribes both medication, like methadone or suboxone, and counseling and therapy.  It is widely accepted as an effective way toward recovery.

The Indiana chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws or NORML wants legalized medical marijuana to become a substitute for opioids in pain treatment. The group has been hosting a series of town hall style meetings across the state to educate the public about the benefits of legalized medical cannabis, in the midst of a stronger push for legalization.