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The Opioid Crisis and the Story of a Hoosier Family

Becky Savage, of Granger, goes to DC to tell her story. She hopes for more action from Washington.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Becky Savage was in Washington, D.C., yesterday. She traveled there from Granger, Indiana to tell her family's story. They, like many Hoosier families, have been affected by the opioid crisis.

"A big campaign with a public service announce, a national campaign would be awesome," she said at a Senate hearing on opioids. "It would touch so many people, different age groups."

Savage was introduced by Sen. Todd Young (R).

In 2015 Savages sons, 18 and 19 years old, both died the same night from a dug overdose.

"Nearly 11,000 children entered the foster care system in Indiana in fiscal year 2016," said Young, "with at least 58 percent of these children entering care because of parental substance abuse."

He said the opioid crisis in Indiana is hurting both children and adults. But, he said using data to track it may help.

"We end up with a bunch of kids who are falling through the cracks. But, imagine if we could use existing data to help those case workers in targeting much-needed services to those children who are most at risk," said Young.

The Indiana General Assembly is working on seven bills to help combat the opioid crisis on the state level.

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