The Indiana State Department of Health said Thursday that the disease is the seventh leading cause of death in the state.
The state's syringe exchange law is mentioned as a best practice for reducing opioid deaths.
Lafayette's mayor has opposed basing the exchange in a residential neighborhood since county commissioners voted in November to start the program.
In a tweet, Dr. Jerome Adams wrote that the two discussed healthcare, community health, and the cost-saving element of prevention efforts.
Community members will be able to go to the local health department to get training on how to administer naloxone and receive a free dose.
The Monroe County Health Department declared a public health emergency Wednesday, the first step toward implementing a needle-exchange program.
Monroe County consistently ranks high in Indiana for children vaccination rates, and area officials plan to continue that progress.
Vigo County Health officials say the recent HIV outbreak in Scott County raised an awareness that HIV does exist in Indiana.
The Indiana State Department of Health insists it is not leaving Scott County, the epicenter of the HIV outbreak, anytime soon.
The number of cases of swine flu in the state is the same, even as more counties show evidence of the disease.