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Monday, October 17, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "A study of four Indianapolis area hospitals this year found one in five newborns were born with opiates — from heroin or prescription painkillers — in their bloodstreams"

Maureen Hayden of CHNI newspapers reports again on the opiate crisis in Indiana and other states. A sample:

[T]he overflow crowd that had gathered at the Indiana Convention Center were there for a grim reason: Tied by profession or interest in some way to the problem of drug addiction, they knew the opiate epidemic gripping Indiana appears to be getting worse, not better, as evidence by increasing reports of heroin and prescription painkiller overdoses this past year.

In Indianapolis alone, police and rescue workers are on a record pace to revive over 1,500 overdosed addicts this year.

That number only hints at the reality of addiction's harmful reach: A study of four Indianapolis area hospitals this year found one in five newborns were born with opiates — from heroin or prescription painkillers — in their bloodstreams and had to be treated for drug withdrawal.

"I don't have much reason to feel optimistic," said [Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller], who's been an ardent advocate of more resources for addiction prevention and treatment since soon after taking office.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 17, 2016 09:41 AM
Posted to Indiana Government