public health

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Indiana ranks 42 in energy efficiency nationwide, down from a peak of 27 in 2013. But there’s a hidden cost associated with efficiency measures—public health. 


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This year’s Indiana Youth Survey shows that the number of Indiana middle school and high school students using electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, dropped in the last year.

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

Heroin Use Spikes in Indiana and Around the Country

Jul 9, 2015
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The face of heroin use is changing, and the number of people using the drug is soaring, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.

The report hits hard in Indiana, where several parts of the state have witnessed an increasing number of heroin-related overdoses.

The CDC’s report shows a jump in heroin use among most demographic groups, and it reveals a 286 percent increase in heroin overdose deaths in just over a decade.

As prescription drugs become more difficult to get, more drug users have turned to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to find.

Number of HIV Cases in Scott County Grows to 153

May 13, 2015
Courtesy / State of Indiana

Scott County is the epicenter of an ongoing HIV outbreak. Health officials have tracked down 153 new HIV cases just since December, the majority of which have been caused by injection drug use.

To combat the outbreak, Gov. Mike Pence authorized a temporary needle exchange in the county. Scott County officials are taking steps to legalize the exchange long-term.

Under new legislation passed just a couple weeks ago, any county in the state can go through a formal process to legalize exchanges. And Scott County has already gotten the ball rolling.

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After 30 years of operation in Fort Wayne, the AIDS Task Force announced Wednesday it’s changing its name and sharpening its focus.

The change comes after AIDS Task Force staff worked for a year to reexamine the appropriateness of its image. After research that included focus groups, client interviews and additional community input, the group has picked a new name: the Positive Resource Center.

Indiana’s violent death rate, which includes homicides and suicides, is over 22 percent, higher than the national average. But a new federal grant could help the state combat that number.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is granting Indiana $1.4 million to analyze the factors behind the state’s violent death rate.

The director for the Indiana’s trauma and injury prevention division, Katie Hokanson, says this is the first time the Hoosier State has received resources to investigate violent deaths.