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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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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One hot afternoon in June, in the parking lot of a dollar store in the near east side of Indianapolis, Kelly Davila sets a timer on her phone. It takes two minutes to walk from the Family Dollar store to a gas station convenience store - both places sell cigarettes. 

More than 50 people gathered outside Republican U.S. Senator Todd Young’s Indianapolis office today for what’s known as a “die in.”  The protest centered on the Republican health care bill.

The group held painted grave markers and laid down on the side walk outside Young’s downtown office building.

Catherine Osborne drove from South Bend to be at the event. She’s worried about the future of Medicaid.

Disability Rights Advocate Taken To Hospital After Protest At Senator's Office

Jun 27, 2017
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A woman was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon after she says U.S. marshals dragged her out of a protest at Senator Todd Young’s Indianapolis office.

Northwest Indiana resident Lorrell Kilpatrick had traveled to Indianapolis with members of the grassroots disability rights advocacy group ADAPT to protest Medicaid cuts under the Senate’s prospective Affordable Care Act replacement bill.

Two Indiana Insurers Left Standing On Healthcare.gov Exchange

Jun 22, 2017

Only two health insurers will offer plans next year on Indiana’s Affordable Care Act exchange, according to proposed rate increases posted by the Indiana Department of Insurance posted Thursday. That’s down from four insurers this year and seven in 2016.

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