Eric Holcomb on Drugs
Attack epidemic with prevention, treatment & enforcement
My fourth pillar [for economic growth] is to attack the drug epidemic. This is a problem that is taking an enormous toll across the country, and Indiana has not escaped the pain. Since the year 2000, deaths from drug overdoses have increased 500%, and
we are 15th in the country in overdose fatalities. This epidemic causes ripple effects with devastating impacts on our children and families, our cities and towns, our schools and government agencies, our health care system and health care costs for
each of us, and our economy.
But we need to do more, much more. So we're going to attack this problem on all fronts: prevention, treatment and enforcement. We plan to limit the amount of controlled substances, prescriptions and refills, enhance
penalties for those who commit pharmacy robberies, and upgrade the Indiana State Police labs to fight the drug epidemic. This is a fight we can and we must win if we're going to take Indiana to the next level.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Indiana Legislature
, Jan 17, 2017
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