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Daily Local News – March 27, 2017

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The city of Bloomington has finished its six-day series of meetings about the proposed annexation of nearly 10,000 acres of Monroe County land; A group of Bloomington residents demanded that a landlord cancel debt for a tenant who they say rented a rat-infested apartment; Indiana Doctors are likely to be limited to prescribing a 7-day supply of opioid painkillers to new patients beginning July 1st; Indiana lawmakers are close to passing a bill that would allow counties to more easily implement needle exchange programs.

FEATURE
A recent study from researchers at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI indicates the opioid epidemic may be even larger than we thought. The study, published recently in the Journal of Urban Health, looked at opioid-related overdose deaths in Marion County from 2010 to 2015. The study showed decreases in deaths due to prescription opiates, but increases in deaths from illegal opiates, such as heroin and fentanyl. Complicating the scenario is the fact that heroin is often cut with or used alongside other substances. Toxicology tests aren’t always ordered in these deaths and when they are, officials aren’t looking for other heroin-related substances. Professor Bradley Ray studies substance abuse and was on the team that conducted the study. Ray says the number of deaths in which heroin is present is actually much higher than the number of deaths reported. Reporter Sarah Vaughan spoke with Professor Ray to learn more.

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Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm and Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford, Sheila Raghavendran and Simon Williams
Along with Sarah Vaughan for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Vaughan.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Brooks, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

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