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Pushes for Action to Address Opioid Crisis
Wednesday Feb 14, 2018 10:50am
Washington, DC

By: Sheila McCrea

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana called for Congress to continue its work to help combat the opioid epidemic, following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) finding Indiana’s overdose rate rose significantly. According to the recently released data from CDC, Indiana’s overdose death rate increased by 28% between 2016 and 2017.

Indiana had the 7th-largest increase in the United States. The CDC data showed that between July 2015-July 2016, 1,383 Hoosiers died from an overdose. That rose to 1,767 Hoosiers between July 2016 and July 2017.

Donnelly has several times in recent months called for more federal resources to combat the opioid epidemic.

A bipartisan budget agreement was passed just last week, which allows for $6 billion over two years toward programs combatting the opioid abuse epidemic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approval of Indiana’s Medicaid waiver extension application now allows Indiana to enhance HIP 2.0 with up to $80 million in annual federal funding to support efforts to address the opioid crisis.


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