A task force on drug enforcement and treatment met Thursday in South Bend for the third time this year.
Murthy said the state and country need to accelerate prescription-drug monitoring programs, options for addiction treatment and access to naloxone.
Only 55 of Indiana’s nearly 500 law enforcement agencies are trained and equipped with the drug.
Gov. Mike Pence has acted on eight recommendations from the first two meetings of the drug abuse task force, drawing praise from state and federal officials
President Obama is calling for increased access to drug treatment programs and more training for doctors to combat a surge in heroin use.
In just the past month alone, 15 people have died from heroin overdoses in Hamilton County.
Shelbyville Police Department Lt. Michael Turner says the town is seeing an increase in heroin use.
Connersville recently started a multi-state collaboration to address drug abuse, much like the statewide task force the governor is creating.
Rural areas often have the most difficult time addressing drug problems because of a lack of resources.
The federal task force could work with Governor Mike Pence's state-level task force to address the heroin crisis.