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On tonight’s program, we’ll hear from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb for the State of the State address and Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush for the State of the Judiciary. Both addresses were recorded earlier this month and will cover a variety of topics such as the creation of regional drug and veteran courts, workforce development to fill thousands of vacancies in the state, and infrastructure improvements on track to be completed in coming years.

Part One: State of the State

Part Two: State of the Judiciary

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Every month, the news team at 89.1 WBOI covers events in northeast Indiana and around the state. This week on WBOI Presents, we are taking a look back 2017.

Part One. Zach Bernard has more on the status of Fort Wayne’s fight against opioids (00:38), Zach Bernard joins us in the studio (09:21), Araceli Gomez-Aldana looks back at the regional healthcare shakeup with Sherry Slater from the Journal Gazette (14:35)

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Fort Wayne announced Monday it will be joining a mounting legal effort in Indiana against pharmaceutical companies and distributors.

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Fort Wayne City Council met Tuesday to address the opioid epidemic in Northeast Indiana.

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On Thursday, the state health commissioner declared a public health emergency for Allen County. That declaration allows the county to establish a syringe services program, or an SSP.

Partnership for Drug Free Kids

This month, WBOI is looking at teen mental health in Northeast Indiana. WBOI’s Lisa Ryan reports on teen drug abuse in Indiana at a time when opioid abuse is a growing problem in the state.

On Wednesday, March 30th WBOI hosted Issues & Ales at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits. Issues and Ales is a laid-back event, where members of the WBOI News team moderate important conversations about our region.  

This hour, WBOI's Zach Bernard moderates a discussion on the opioid epidemic in Northeast Indiana, how it started, and how it can be combated. 

 

Moderator: Zach Bernard

Panelists:  

Dr. Deborah McMahon, Allen County Health Commissioner

Indiana Receives Federal Money To Fight Opioid Abuse

Mar 23, 2016
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Four Indiana health centers will receive more than one-and-a-half million dollars in federal funding to address heroin and opioid abuse.

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Drug overdose deaths have been on the rise in Indiana and across the country over the last several years, mainly at the hands of opioids.