Police officers in an eastern Indiana county are being more careful when handling heroin because the drug increasingly is being laced with other substances.
Some officers are now carrying up to three doses of naloxone.
Critics argue the legislature is “backsliding” to previous, failed attempts to address the drug epidemic.
Advocacy groups in northwestern Indiana plan to train family and friends of drug addicts how to use the overdose antidote naloxone.
A multi-agency raid on a northern Indiana home has yielded more than $1 million in drugs and resulted in several arrests.
Incoming Attorney General Curtis Hill says the state shouldn’t abandon what he calls “strict enforcement” when it comes to addressing the drug epidemic.
A potential alert system would quickly distribute information across state lines about new drug dangers as they happen.
This week on Noon Edition we’ll talk to local experts about these studies and the current state of brain research in Indiana and around the country.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin and responsible for a recent surge in overdose deaths in the state and around the country.
The 61 percent increase follows a 7 percent decrease in out of home placements between 2011 and 2012