Law for More Opioid Training in Indiana in Effect

Applications available for paid Senate internships

Aug. 16, 2019

Law for More Opioid
Training in Effect

In 2017, drug overdoses increased 18% in Indiana compared to the previous year. Opioid addiction is having a terrible effect on Hoosiers and their families and has become a major issue for a variety of reasons. One of the contributing factors to opioid addiction is the overprescribing of opioids.

For several years, the Indiana General Assembly has been working to address this issue. In 2018, Indiana legislators passed a bill that requires licensed health care practitioners to receive continued opioid prescription and abuse training in order to help fight this deadly epidemic.

Under this law, which took effect July 1, 2019, any health care professional who prescribes controlled substances must have completed two hours of continued opioid prescribing and opioid abuse education during the previous two years.

Everyone has to do their part to fight addiction in Indiana, whether that means properly disposing of medications or helping someone get treatment, and as lawmakers, we are working to do our part by creating laws to help prevent and treat addiction, as well as enable the enforcement of our laws against those who help feed addiction in our state.

For more information on the new law, click here.

Paid Senate
Internships Available

The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring-semester internships to college students, recent college graduates and graduate students during the 2020 legislative session.

Full-time positions are available in many departments, including legislative, legal, policy, communications, multimedia and information technology. Qualified candidates must be at least a college sophomore.

Benefits include a $750 biweekly stipend, scholarship and academic credit opportunities, professional development, community involvement and networking.

Chosen applicants will work at the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis beginning with a mandatory orientation in late December and concluding at the end of the legislative session in March.

More information and applications for internships with the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus can be found online at www.IndianaSenateRepublicans.com/intern-program.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

Community Calendar

Jeffersonville Farmers Market
Every Saturday in August from 9 a.m. to noon at the Big Four Station in downtown Jeffersonville

Farm to Table Dinner
Saturday, Aug. 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Chestnut Street in downtown Jeffersonville. Cost is $60 per person with only 150 tickets available.
For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Community Yard Sale
Saturday, Aug. 24, from 8 a.m. to noon at Gateway Park in Clarksville

Rural Broadband
Funding Awarded

Rural broadband funding was recently awarded to grant recipients across the state as a part of the Next Level
Broadband program.

In Senate District 46, the Washington County Telephone Cooperative, Inc. was among projects awarded funding to improve
broadband access.

Expanding broadband services to unserved and underserved rural communities is important for our state’s economic development. I am pleased with this announcement and look forward to advancing broadband access across rural communities in
the near future.

For a complete list of grant recipients, click here.

Indiana State Police Seeks 80th Recruit Academy

The Indiana State Police is now accepting applications for the 80th Recruit Academy.

Individuals interested in beginning a rewarding career as an Indiana State Trooper must apply online by 11:59 p.m. (ET), Sunday, Nov. 3.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Hoosier Homestead Awards

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program honors family farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. The program, instituted in 1976, acknowledges the impact these family farms have made to the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana.

In Senate District 46, the Buechler farm was named a Hoosier Homestead.

For the full list of recipients,
click here.

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This showed up in my inbox from my Indiana state Senator and fellow Pharmacist…  What a bunch of BS from the bureaucrats in Indiana.  Ron and I were at Butler U at the same time and we each had our own independent pharmacies in adjacent towns in Southern Indiana. I have sent Ron a lengthy explanation of the short comings of these statements and sent it to his PERSONAL EMAIL… it will be interesting if I get a response…

6 Responses

  1. STEVE,
    Are you aware of Dr. Richard Lawhern’s Face-Facts work and website de-bunking this big fat lie?

    Maybe you could forward it to your Senator friend and he can share it with other legislators.

  2. Steve,

    Are you aware of Dr. Richard Lawhern’s Face-Facts work and statistics de-bunking this BIG FAT LIE?

    Please forward his website to your Senator friend and maybe he can make other legislators aware of the truth!

  3. ALWAYS, the anti-opioid zealots go too far, the wrong way, with ZERO positive results. The ones that suffer are those of us that need an adequate dosage of the ONLY medication currently known to medical science that allows us to function. I am tired of living in the twilight zone. I now have the SBI on me for simply stating fact to the state “medical board”. No “wrong” done, just a way to silence me and some 20 million more people/patients. In this crusade against ALL opiate medication, WE the patients, with pain generating disease, non “repairable” injury causing 24/7 pain, and lets not forget surgeon screw up. KNOW that if ANY non opioid zealot was afflicted with a condition that causes never ending pain, they would use……opiate medication if THEIR jobs, well being, was on the line!!!!!!

  4. You know what?I’d rather listen to 24 hrs.of yoko ono wailing than hear any more ‘horror stories’about how sinful medicine is….F.U.Indiana lawyer blowhards.!000%!!!

    • Exactly what I was just saying to myself! I can’t stand reading about this anymore’ And I want to know how INDIANA is getting all these opioid medication. Is this documented anywhere that these were in fact opioid pain medicine that caused the overdoses? Or are they just “lumping” any OD death as an “opioid OD? Last I looked 99% of overdoses were caused by ILLEGAL drugs ex: HEROIN n FENTANYL that comes through our borderless border! Far as I know you can’t get a script for Heroin or illegal Fentanyl.
      Excuse me while I go look for my YOKO ONO album

  5. And this makes Doctors less or more afraid?

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