Addiction and Drug Use

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Nurse Catherine “Bizz” Grimes moves like her name sounds: at a frenetic pace. She darts across the hall from the prenatal diagnosis clinic at Indiana University Health University Hospital in Indianapolis, sits down at her cubicle, puts on her headset over curly white blonde hair and starts dialing.

A new study shows some people are still afraid to call 911 when helping an overdose victim, despite an Indiana law that permits friends and bystanders to administer the overdose antidote naloxone.

More than a quarter of people surveyed by two researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis said they didn’t call 911 at the scene of an overdose for fear of arrest.

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In June, Middletown, Ohio, council member Dan Picard suggested that every time an ambulance responds to a drug overdose, the receiving patient be required to pay for the cost by performing community service. If that person experiences more than two overdoses but have not completed their community service, the 911 dispatcher will not send an ambulance.

UPDATE: County Reverses No-Naloxone Policy After Supply Restocked

Jul 13, 2017
School nurses learn to use naloxone
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The Monroe County, Indiana Sheriff’s Department says it will continue to administer the overdose antidote Naloxone when responding to emergency calls after receiving an additional 100 doses from the county health department.

New On The Streets: Drug For Nerve Pain Boosts High For Opioid Abusers

Jul 12, 2017
Carmen Heredia Rodriguez / Kaiser Health News

On April 5, Ciera Smith sat in a car parked on the gravel driveway of the Rural Women’s Recovery Program here with a choice to make: go to jail or enter treatment for her addiction.

Support Wanes As Indiana County Officials Stall On Syringe Exchange

Jul 11, 2017
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Tippecanoe County, Indiana received state approval for a syringe exchange in late 2016, after county health officials raised the alarm about fast-rising rates of Hepatitis C, spread by sharing needles for injection drugs. As of July 2017, it has yet to open its doors.

Indiana County Places Moratorium On Using Opioid Antidote Due To Low Supply

Jul 11, 2017
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UPDATE: The Monroe County sheriff has reversed its directive after receiving dozens doses of naloxone from the c0unty health department. Read more here.

An Indiana county sheriff says officers will no longer use the overdose antidote naloxone when responding to emergency calls because of the department’s low supply.

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