Indiana

How does your state measure up when it comes to establishing policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition?

Harm Reduction


Does the state permit access to clean syringes for people who inject drugs?

  • YES

Does the state have naloxone training & distribution programs available to the public at syringe exchange programs or other facilities?

  • NO

Does the state have a 911 Good Samaritan law?

  • NO

Does the state have legal methadone access?

  • YES

Marijuana


Are marijuana possession and use legal for medical purposes?

  • NO

What are the criminal penalties for marijuana possession?

Criminal Justice


How many people are arrested for a drug offense each year? 

  • 23,848

What are the racial disparities in arrest rates?

  • Total population (2011): 86.8% white, 10.2% black.
    Drug arrests (2011): 70.4% white, 29.3% black.

What happens to people’s voting rights when they become part of the criminal justice system?

  • Voting rights restored after term of incarceration.

Indiana Legislature Legalizes Syringe Programs to Counter Growing HIV/AIDS Epidemic; Governor Pence Expected to Approve

Reform Comes in Wake of Kentucky Also Legalizing Syringe Programs

Advocates Call on Congress to Repeal Federal Funding Ban so States Have Resources They Need

Last night the Indiana legislature passed life-saving legislation allowing counties to establish syringe programs to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently determined that HIV infection rates have soared in Indiana on account of the sharing of syringes used for the injection of heroin and other drugs. The new law comes in the wake of Kentucky also legalizing syringe exchange programs.

Contact:

Tony Newman 646-335-5384
Bill Piper 202-669-6430

HIV/AIDS Crisis in Indiana Worsens; State's Weak Response Threatens Families Across Midwest

Advocates Call on Indiana Governor Pence and Legislature to Expand Syringe Exchange

Federal Funding Ban on Syringe Services Continues to Hamper Local Efforts to Address Heroin Use and Reduce HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C

In recent months HIV/AIDS infection rates have skyrocketed in rural Indiana, in large part because of the sharing of syringes used for the injection of the prescription painkiller Opana, heroin, and other drugs. In response Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence allowed one county to implement a 30-day syringe exchange program to reduce infection rates.

Contact:

Tony Newman 646-335-5384
Bill Piper 202-669-6430

Indiana's Republican Governor, Mike Pence, Expresses Support for Syringe Service Programs to Combat Spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C

Announcement Comes as Kentucky’s Republican Governor Signs Bill Approving Syringe Service Programs

Federal Funding Ban on Syringe Services Continues to Hamper Local Efforts to Address Heroin Use and Reduce HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C

Indiana’s Republican Governor, Mike Pence, said on Wednesday he would consider implementing a syringe service program to help combat escalating HIV infection rates in Scott County, Indiana. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently determined that HIV infection rates have soared in Scott County on account of the sharing of syringes used for the injection of heroin and other drugs. Governor Pence expressed support for syringe service programs as part of a heroin emergency plan that he is expected to announce today.

Contact:

Tommy McDonald (510-338-8827)
Bill Piper (202-669-6430)

Testimony of Tamar Todd: Hearing on Indiana Senate Bill No. 192

February 15, 2011

Testimony of Tamar Todd, Staff Attorney, Drug Policy Alliance, Office of Legal Affairs at the Hearing on Indiana Senate Bill No. 192 (To require the criminal law and sentencing policy study committee to study issues relating to marijuana.)

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