Overdose deaths have also increased with acute hepatitis cases.
State health department officials say reasons for that increase could include more testing, an increase in test accuracy and a rise in injection drug use.
Experts say developing evidence-based programs that address environmental factors is key to curbing teen drug use.
President Obama is calling for increased access to drug treatment programs and more training for doctors to combat a surge in heroin use.
One of the drug task force’s initial recommendations urged the state to seek broader Medicaid coverage for drug treatment.
A total of 155 people in Southeastern Indiana have tested positive for the virus this year.
A city official says the popularity of the drug is similar to that of crack-cocaine across the nation in the 1990s.