South Bend Tribune: Viewpoint: New year to address Indiana’s opioid crisis
Indiana ranks among the worst states nationally when it comes to opioid abuse — with drug overdoses in 2014 claiming more than 1,100 lives and costing the state $1.4 billion. But this year, we also may be one of the best positioned places to tackle the opioid epidemic by addressing its root causes and fundamentally changing the way our state helps people struggling to overcome addiction.
There’s unprecedented momentum at the state and local levels to make conquering opioid addiction — i…
Indianapolis Business Journal: WFYI, other public radio stations bulk up news staffs
WFYI-FM 90.1 is bolstering its news department from 11 to 15—thanks to grants running through 2018—at a time many commercial print and broadcast news departments are downsizing.
WFYI will use $600,000 from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation to hire four employees by April 1, launch a health news bureau, and expand the reach of its Side Effects health-related programming.
The public radio station will use another $100,000 from The Glick Fund to pay for a reporting position dedicated to co…
Indianapolis Business Journal: Vaping is not a proven way to stop smoking
New safety regulations in the e-cigarette industry have prompted a wave of backlash this year from manufacturers and retailers concerned the rules will harm their businesses.
They’ve also raised an important question: Could a thriving e-cigarette industry help curb Indiana’s rampant tobacco use?
Some say yes, including Nicole Neily, president of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, who recently made the case in IBJ that the state’s e-cigarette safety standards will h…