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PNS Daily News - March 22, 2017 


We’re covering several issues in today’s rundown including: a party divided – the President tries to muster more Republican votes to pass a new health care law; Judge Gorsuch pressed on his positions; and marking a “monumental” anniversary and a win for public lands.

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Public News Service - IN: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

The latest report by the Indiana Youth Institute says kids are still smoking and drinking too much, but the teen birth rate continues to decline. (inatashko/morguefile)

INDIANAPOLIS - More children in Indiana live with adults who are struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues than their peers nationally. That's one finding of the 2016 Kids Count report, compiled by the Indiana Youth Institute. It shows more than 13 percent of Indiana's children have l

When a person decides to take his or her own life, experts say pain has exceeded hope. Credit: pef/Morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS – No one wants to be nosy, but it could actually save a life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 12 minutes in the U.S. someone takes his or her own life. And a Hoosier teen dies by suicide roughly every two and a half days. Lisa Brattain, are

The shame and stigma of addiction can stop people from seeking the help they need. Credit: andronicusmax/Flickr

INDIANAPOLIS - Slightly more than a year since Indiana reduced penalties for drug offenses, a new approach is under way to remove addiction's grip on Indiana. On Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence announced the Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention, a group that state Sen. Jim Merritt, R-I

Indiana's Lifeline law allows minors who have witnessed a crime, a medical emergency or sexual assault to call for help without getting into trouble. Photo credit: Anita Peppers/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana college students headed to campus are being reminded of an important number that could save a life: 911. Indiana's Lifeline law helps to remove barriers that may otherwise prevent a person from calling to report a crime or seeking medical assistance for someone who is intoxic

PHOTO: This summer an Indiana General Assembly interim study committee will examine policies regarding smoking bans, and other tobacco-related matters impacting Hoosiers' health. Photo credit: Pedro J. Perez/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana's public smoking ban has been on the books for three years, and this summer legislators will explore the law's benefits to determine whether it can be expanded. When the law was passed, it exempted certain bars, taverns, private clubs and casinos. Brianna Herndon, India

PHOTO: During two forums this week, Indiana organizations and agencies will share information about programs and resources for kids and young adults to promote safety and positive development. Photo credit: Mary R. Vogt/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Community leaders in Indiana are coming together this summer to encourage young people to make healthy and safe choices during their time away from school. The first of two public forums is being held Tuesday in Indianapolis to discuss ways to offer opportunities that can steer kids

PHOTO: Federal and state leaders are working to combat the HIV epidemic in southern Indiana. Some policy experts say syringe exchanges reduce the spread of infectious diseases and should be made accessible statewide on a permanent basis. Photo credit: Nathan F/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – A temporary syringe exchange program is in place in Scott County to combat the HIV epidemic in Indiana, but some policy experts say it's not a long-term solution. Most of the 143 confirmed HIV cases are believed to be connected to injection drug use. Bill Piper, director of

PHOTO: Purdue University researchers found that among young adults who abuse prescription medication, those who spend time at college bars are more likely to sell them. Photo credit: jdurham/morgufile.

INDIANAPOLIS – As Indiana and other states look for ways to curb an epidemic of prescription medication abuse, new research from Purdue University provides insight into who is selling the drugs. There's been a sharp rise in prescription medication abuse over the past two decades, says Mike V

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