Per The Herald Bulletin, two bills authored by state Sen. James Merritt pertaining to the opioid epidemic in the state were passed through the Indiana Senate Committee on Monday.
Merritt, R-Indianapolis, said the bills are two of many that will be proposed as a way to combat the current crisis that Indiana faces.
“This is one of 19 bills this year that offer a comprehensive approach to the opioid and heroin crisis we have in this state,” he said. “It is so widespread that we are not going to be able to do it all this year.”
• Senate Bill 9 would lift the partial ban in Indiana on convicted felons of drug charges receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
• Senate Bill 446 would establish an Opioid Addiction Recovery Pilot Program to assist expectant mothers with an opioid addiction by providing treatment in a residential care facility and home visitation services following discharge from the facility.
Read more about Senate Bill 9 and Senate Bill 446 at this link http://www.heraldbulletin.com/news/local_news/senate-committee-passes-drug-related-bills/article_3d22d334-e1ce-11e6-ba63-d79627c5a710.html