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.
The new task force will travel the state to gather testimony from local experts and families affected by Indiana's growing drug epidemic.
Parts of Indiana have witnessed an increasing number of heroin overdoses in recent months.
Howard County Coroner Jay Price says heroin overdoses have killed 11 individuals so far this year. Pending toxicology tests could raise that number to 17.
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Senator Joe Donnelly's legislation would establish a task force to develop procedures on how police and first responders should handle overdoses.
Task Force Connersville began operating Nov. 4 – it includes Connersville and Indiana State Police.