INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana is experiencing more substance use disorders and other mental health
issues amid the coronavirus outbreak, the state’s human services chief said
Meanwhile, 21 more
Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, state health officials said
Wednesday as Indianapolis’ mayor announced that the state capital would
begin lifting more of its coronavirus restrictions starting Friday.
its highest monthly dispensation of the opioid antidote naloxone in April,
WITH 1,306 uses, Jennifer Sullivan, secretary of the Family and Social
Services Administration said during a state news briefing.
“We’ve never seen
naloxone distribution like this before,” Sullivan said.
Year to date,
nearly 1.5% of all emergency medical runs involve administration of naloxone,
or Narcan, compared with less than 1% for the same period last year, she
The state announced
last week it will use nearly $1 million in federal funds to pay for the
distribution of naloxone to first responders, families, friends and others
who are likely to be the first on the scene if someone overdoses. The money
was made available by a grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration.
Naloxone is given
when a person is showing signs of opioid overdose. It blocks the toxic
effects of the overdose and is often the difference between a patient living
During the first
few weeks of May, 211 local service operators took 57 domestic violence
calls, 14 suicide or homicide calls, and made 732 referrals to mental health
providers, Sullivan said. Domestic violence hotlines and 911 operators have
recorded extraordinary increases in calls across the state, she said.
calling. We are here,” Sullivan said.
Joe Hogsett announced Wednesday that the city would enter the next phase of
its economy’s reopening on Monday.
Ahead of those
changes, starting Friday the city’s houses of worship can resume indoor
services at 50% capacity, provided worshipers maintain six feet of distance
and wear a face covering.
"We must remain
vigilant even as we continue to reopen our economy, which means wearing face
coverings out in public and maintaining social distance when interacting
with others,” Hogsett said in a statement.
the city’s current 25-person limit for public gatherings will increase to 50
individuals, and restaurants can resume serving at 50% total capacity for
indoor and outdoor dining, as long as staff wear protective equipment and
patrons keep 6 feet of distance from other tables.
Among some of the
other changes, hair salons can re-open by appointment only Monday, provided
that protective equipment is worn and other social distancing measures are