Public Health News For Indiana

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An opioid epidemic.  High  smoking rates.  Health care provider shortages. Indiana faces serious public health challenges.   Side Effects Public Media provides in-depth coverage of these issues and more.

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For Pro-Obamacare Groups, A Wary Reprieve

Jul 18, 2017
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Health care advocacy groups are tentatively celebrating news that the Senate’s latest health care bill is dead. But after months of protesting the GOP’s plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they’re still not calling it a victory.  

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This year’s Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration is in full swing. The event is the Expo organization’s biggest annual fundraiser, which runs through Sunday at the Indiana Convention Center.

UPDATE: County Reverses No-Naloxone Policy After Supply Restocked

Jul 13, 2017
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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.

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In Indiana, seven federal criminal investigations have uncovered over $1 million in Medicaid fraud, leading to the indictment of 15 individuals and two companies on various charges.

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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The world’s only normal breast tissue bank marked its 10th year collecting and researching healthy women’s breast tissue last week.

Indiana will cover methadone for the first time under its Medicaid programs beginning August 1. The state will also add five new opioid treatment programs (OTPs) across the state to help combat the ongoing drug abuse epidemic.

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The Indiana Republican party may have gotten more than it had bargained for after it invited users to share their “Obamacare horror stories” in a Facebook post earlier this week. The GOP account was inundated with thousands of replies from Affordable Care Act supporters from across the country.

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President Donald Trump has nominated Indiana Health Commissioner Jerome Adams for the U.S. Surgeon General position.

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