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CDC Funds Opioid Overdose Prevention Program in South Central Indiana

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In a growing struggle to address high drug overdose rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $520,000 to the Indiana State Department of Health to expand overdose prevention outreach. An IU news release reported that 12 Indiana counties with high overdose rates are targeted for education about the drug naloxone and the role it plays in opioid-overdose intervention. A separate Herald-Times article also reported that the Indiana State Department of Health is distributing opioid overdose antidote kits to 20 country health agencies around the state. The kits and training to use them are available at county health departments. The 20 counties include five of the six where state officials have approved needle-exchange programs—Clark, Fayette, Madison, Monroe and Scott.

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