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Overdose Lifeline — Cops, firefighters get hand in opioid fight
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Overdose Lifeline — Cops, firefighters get hand in opioid fight

The Terre Haute Police Department has been carrying naloxone/Narcan since 2016, which was previously supplied at no cost by the organization “Overdose Lifeline” through a grant from the state attorney general, said Sgt. Steve Lockard of the THPD.

Overdose Lifeline — “From prescription to problem, how legal opioids create substance abusers”
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Overdose Lifeline — “From prescription to problem, how legal opioids create substance abusers”

Justin Phillips, founder and executive director of Overdose Lifeline, agreed that opioid abuse often stems from medical needs. For example, doctors sometimes prescribe opioids to children after oral surgery, even though children exposed to addictive substances before 15 are five times more likely to develop a substance use disorder. Phillips’ son, Aaron, developed an opioid use disorder when taking opioids to address sports injuries.

Sierra Club — “State electric plants pivoting away from coal”
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Sierra Club — “State electric plants pivoting away from coal”

The Sierra Club says coal’s decline is inevitable, as utilities increasingly look elsewhere for energy sources.

CHIP — “One Group’s Attempt To Count Indy’s Unaccompanied Homeless Youth”
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CHIP — “One Group’s Attempt To Count Indy’s Unaccompanied Homeless Youth”

WFYI’s City Desk reporter Drew Daudelin sat down with Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, executive director of the Coalition For Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, to ask about the ideas and challenges behind the project.

CHIP — “Group focuses on homeless youth and young adults as numbers rise”
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CHIP — “Group focuses on homeless youth and young adults as numbers rise”

A new count shows the number of homeless youth in Marion county is on the rise.The count was done by the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention on November 7, 2018. They found 183 youth under age 25 who were experiencing homelessness. The number was 96 more than the number of homeless youth discovered during the 2017 count.

Women4Change — “IN Focus: Lawmakers on both sides discuss hate crime debate”
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Women4Change — “IN Focus: Lawmakers on both sides discuss hate crime debate”

“When you leave out gender, gender identity and age you’re leaving out thousands of Indiana women,” said Rima Shahid, executive director of Women4Change Indiana.

Women4Change — “New attempt to add gender, gender identity to hate crimes bill doesn’t move forward”
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Women4Change — “New attempt to add gender, gender identity to hate crimes bill doesn’t move forward”

“When you leave out gender, gender identity and age you’re leaving out thousands of Indiana women,” Rima Shahid, executive director of Women4Change Indiana, said.

CIC  — “The Dynamics of Interfaith”
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CIC — “The Dynamics of Interfaith”

“My hope is that through this project people will be able to recognize the importance of interreligious dialogue and gain some insight on how dedicated members of the CIC have reconciled interfaith to their own faith.”

JCRC — “Amended bias crimes bill draws support, scorn”
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JCRC — “Amended bias crimes bill draws support, scorn”

The bias crimes language that was accepted on a voice vote mentions color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion and sexual orientation, but doesn’t explicitly cover age, sex or gender identity.

Earth Charter — “Goshen latest to seek carbon neutrality”
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Earth Charter — “Goshen latest to seek carbon neutrality”

In 2017, three Indiana cities passed climate policy resolutions, Earth Charter Indiana Executive Director Jim Poyser said. Two of the cities promised carbon neutrality by 2050.