drugs

Opinion: The Cognitive Dissonance of Marijuana

Aug 17, 2016
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You’d be forgiven for being confused about whether marijuana has medicinal qualities. On the one hand, 25 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized the use of marijuana specifically for medicinal purposes (Indiana isn’t one of them).

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Nalaxone, also known as Narcan, is a prescription drug that can save a person’s life if they are overdosing on opiates like heroin. A bill passed this year by the Indiana General Assembly allows first responders in Indiana to use the drug.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department and EMS have used Narcan on more than 100 overdose patients.

  Rick Machinski is a firefighter at Station 7 in Fort Wayne. He administered Narcan a week ago and thinks it helped save the person’s life.

Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

A lot has been made recently of the HIV cases in southeastern Indiana. Governor Mike Pence responded to the crisis by allowing the use of a needle exchange program in that part of Indiana. He then extended the needle exchange program because it appeared to be working.

Researchers studying a system used to track prescription drugs dispensed in Indiana say it’s widely effective for monitoring patient prescription drug use.  Nearly six thousand prescription drug providers were surveyed over the last two years to complete the research.

The current version of the INSPECT system that’s been in place since 2004 is a tool meant to help combat prescription drug abuse.  About 77 percent of survey respondents –including doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists, say they know about INSPECT, and 71 percent of those use it. 

Hoosiers on welfare could be subject to drug testing under legislation approved by the Indiana Senate Wednesday.

State lawmakers hope the third time’s the charm as they seek to eliminate the sale and use of synthetic drugs, often referred to as bath salts.

This year marks the third consecutive session with legislation outlawing synthetic drugs.  But Indianapolis Republican Jim Merritt – who has shepherded the effort in the Senate all three years – says state lawmakers and law enforcement know much more now and believe they’ve hit on a lasting solution. 

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller visited Fort Wayne to announce a new public awareness project aimed at fighting prescription drug abuse.

FDA warns against fake pharmacies

Oct 1, 2012

A review of 10,000 online pharmacies shows fewer than 3% comply with federal and state laws, according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.