Last month, the CDC sent a letter to the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention asking it to correct a 2016 report.
The letter states that syringe exchange programs reduce the spread of disease and do not increase the rate of community drug use.
The new project is a partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the CDC Foundation.
According to the CDC report, the national drug-related death rate has increased more than two and a half times since 1999.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is continuing the fight against the Zika virus, which can cause serious birth defects, including microcephaly.
Indiana lawmakers legalized the creation of syringe exchanges in the Hoosier state in 2015. Eight counties now have state-approved programs.
The state will receive millions of dollars to fund prevention efforts for the Zika virus, but the money could spill over into other areas of public health.
Indiana’s suicide rate went up 50-percent faster than the national average between 1999 and 2014.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends teens start school no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
Parts of Indiana have witnessed an increasing number of heroin overdoses in recent months.