Opioids in Indiana: More Hoosiers Die of ODs in 2017

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Opioids in Indiana: More Hoosiers Die of ODs in 2017

A record number of people in Indiana died from overdoses in 2017. Sen. Donnelly says there should be more federal help.

INDIANAPOLIS--More Hoosiers died of drug overdoses in 2017 than 2016. A new report from the CDC showed 1,840 people from Indiana died, and increase of 18 percent.

Even though more federal money was spent on trying to find ways to slow the opioid emergency last year, more people died also in Ohio, West Virginia and New Jersey.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said Friday that he believes the U.S. Senate should be looking at more ways to help.

“We can all agree that there is more we can do to address the opioid crisis that is tragically claiming the lives of moms and dads, sisters and brothers, and husbands and wives, and our friends and neighbors in communities across Indiana," said Donnelly.

"I’m calling for the Senate to take more action to confront the opioid epidemic, because I believe there is more we can do to help save lives and combat this devastating scourge. It will take all of us working together, and I’m going to continue partnering with anyone willing to advance commonsense efforts.”

Donnelly has supported several bipartisan bills and amendments that have put federal money toward helping relieve the opioid emergency.

The Indiana legislature has also passed laws that are meant to help stop illicit opioid trafficking, by making penalties harsher, and that help treat Hoosiers who are addicted by providing new treatment centers withing reach of most Hoosiers.

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