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FOX 59:  Ahead of president’s speech on opioid crisis, advocates promote National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

FOX 59: Ahead of president’s speech on opioid crisis, advocates promote National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

Our President and CEO, Claire Fiddian-Green, recently spoke with FOX 59 Anchor Reporter Matt Smith about the impact of the opioid epidemic in Indiana and the importance of effective harm reduction strategies like encouraging the proper disposal of old or unused prescription drugs on National Prescription Drug “Take Back” Day. http://fox59.com/2017/10/25/ahead-of-presidents-speech-on-opioid-crisis-advocates-promote-national-drug-take-back-day-on-saturday/

Indianapolis Business Journal: CAINE & FIDDIAN-GREEN: Indiana must curb smoking among blacks

Health advocates have made strides to curb high rates of tobacco use among blacks, as shown by a 10-percentage-point drop in smoking rates among black Hoosiers since 2011. While we celebrate this progress, we also must acknowledge the persistent reality: Thousands of blacks continue to die each year from smoking-related illnesses. In Indiana, blacks still smoke at slightly higher rates than whites—and significantly higher rates than Hispanics—and are disproportionately affected by disease…

South Bend Tribune: Viewpoint: Unleashing teacher talent in Indiana

Indiana’s recently released ISTEP+ results show that our state’s students failed to make progress in key subjects such as English and math this year — with only 51 percent of third- through eighth-graders and 34 percent of 10th-graders passing both sections of the 2016-17 exam. Given these results, which are on par with last year’s scores, it is tempting to dismiss ISTEP+ outcomes as the product of a flawed state test. But it’s neither productive nor fair to scapegoat ISTEP+, whi…
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