Indiana's Attorney General makes stop in Fort Wayne for the Opioid Crisis

Indiana's Attorney General has a message for Fort Wayne about the opioid crisis. He said it's time to refocus on efforts to combat addiction.

Posted: Apr 17, 2018 8:55 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2018 9:51 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Indiana's Attorney General Curtis Hill met with the Allen County Opioid Task Force Tuesday to see what's being done and what's in the works to tackle drug abuse.

He said it's a problem that's taking over the state.

"The opioid crisis is not just an opioid crisis. It's a substance abuse crisis throughout Indiana,"he said.

There were 8 confirmed deaths already this year alone in Fort Wayne.

"We're seeing a steady increase in our opioid use over the last few years, and last year was a horrible year for us as far as opioids go," said Captain Kevin Hunter of the Fort Wayne Police Department.

There were 68 drug poisoning deaths in Allen County for 2016, and 127 drug poisoning deaths in 2017.

"We're working on an action plan to see where we go from here to see what next steps we have to take to really try and stop this issue from really getting worse," Hunter added.

After Tuesday's meeting, the attorney general believes Allen County is heading in the right direction with joint effort from the city's prosecutors office, law enforcement, and the health department.

"It's encouraging to see this group continue their efforts to talk about the comprehensive approach of prevention,of treatment, of enforcement and do it with meaning and just the number of people participating in this organization and from the various disciplines tells me that Allen County has things well at hand in terms of response," Hill said.

Right now there are talks of a symposium to make sure everyone is on the same page going forward.

"We're hoping to meet with the regional mayor's coalition and county commissioner's coalition, [to] be able to bring our medical administration, our criminal justice folks, mental health folks alongside our public officials, and have them be able to have a discussion and hear about this issue," said Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan.

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