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3rd Annual Overdose Awareness Day Event

Press Release, August 21, 2016 ​Overdose Lifeline to host 3rd annual International Overdose Awareness Day and Remembrance – Naloxone (Narcan) Training & Distribution available for those in need INDIANAPOLIS, IN – For the third year in a row, Overdose Lifeline, Inc. (ODL) will host an annual International Overdose Awareness Day

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Jim Merritt Making an Issue of Heroin Addiction

Indiana State Senator Jim Merritt This story appeared in the Washington Times Herald on 7/30/15 by Maureen Hayden CNHI Statehouse Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Merritt was out walking his dog one evening in his quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac when a neighbor, Justin Phillips, stopped to chastise him. Phillips’ son, Aaron, a

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We Must Talk About Addiction and Bring it Out of the Shadows

​Earlier this month I was honored to be in our Nation’s Capital attending the 44th Annual National Jefferson Awards Foundation Ceremony. The Jefferson Awards recognize individuals from across the United States engaged in public service. In the words of Sam Beard, Co-Founder and President, ““the Jefferson Awards are the Noble

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Important Indiana Laws, Effective July 1

New Indiana laws become effective today which improve access to resources and added support to help Indiana’s battle to reduce the state’s opioid epidemic.  Laws which address increased access to the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, insurance coverage and evidence-based treatment practices for detox and improving the data management and

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Jefferson Awards Recognizes Indianapolis Volunteers

​Washington, DC, June 15-16, 2016–The Jefferson Awards Foundation, America’s gold seal of public service, will honor this year’s most outstanding public service achievers during its annual gala in Washington, D.C. The events, held in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on June 15 & 16, 2016, will recognize and celebrate students, grassroots

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Justin Phillips Receives White House Champions of Change Award

Overdose Lifeline Founder Receives White House Champions of Change Award for Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Justin Phillips and nine other individuals were selected from more than 900 nominations to receive the “Champions of Change” award at the White House today. Senator Joe Donnelly nominated Justin for the recognition for

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Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention Endorses Prescribing Guidelines for Acute Pain

 “These new guidelines will help Indiana physicians treat patients’ pain responsibly and encourage both doctor and patient to explore pain-management options that don’t include addictive opioids.”​ – State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. June 21, 2016 Indianapolis – Today, the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention endorsed a

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U.S. Senator Donnelly Calls for Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Address Opioid and Heroin Epidemics, says ‘Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)’ would be significant step forward

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly spoke on the floor of the Senate about the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), the bill being considered this week, which seeks to address the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemics and includes provisions adopted from and similar to bipartisan

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