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Governor Mike Pence addresses recommendations from drug task force

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 22, 2015) - Governor Mike Pence is talking about new recommendations from his task force convened to tackle the ongoing drug epidemic in the state. The governor is directing certain state agencies to act on five findings from the task force's latest meeting.

The Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention was formed in response to a surge in drug overdoses across the state. The task force met for the second time on October 16 and Governor Pence later took action on the recommendations.

Governor Pence wants the Department of Homeland Security to look at overdose data to identify gaps in the availability of a lifesaving drug called Naloxone or Narcan. He also wants the Department of Health to help develop guidelines for prescribing pain medication.

“The latest recommendations from the Task Force are another step in the right direction, and I am very thankful to the members and experts who have weighed in throughout the process,” said Governor Pence. “These steps will help Indiana better address the scourge of drug addiction that is a source of heartbreak for far too many Hoosier families and as such, I am directing all relevant state agencies to follow through on the recommendations of the Task Force.”

His comments come as President Barack Obama is pushing to improve access to drug addiction treatment.

"I have every confidence as we go forward that you’re going to see a broader range of recommendations produced from the drug task force," said Governor Pence.

The Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention meets again on November 19, 2015.