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Three New CleanSlate Centers in Indiana Prepare for Grand Opening Events in April

by Ned Pucek | Mar 28, 2018

CleanSlate is proud to welcome the Indiana communities in Indianapolis and Bloomington to our open houses and ribbon cuttings in April. Speakers at these events include Patrick J. Kennedy, Former U.S. Representative/ CleanSlate Board member; Jim McClelland, Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement for the State of Indiana; Justin Phillips, Founder and Executive Director of Overdose Lifeline; Dr. Joan Duwve, Chief Medical Officer of Indiana State Department of Health and Associate Dean at The Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis; and Darrell Mitchell, Executive Director at Progress House.

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Community Partner Spotlight: Jim McClelland, Indiana's "Drug Czar," Takes Aim at the State's Opioid Epidemic

by Ned Pucek | Mar 27, 2018

When Indiana’s Governor, Eric Holcomb, took office in January of 2017, one of his top priorities was battling the state’s opioid epidemic. In fact, given that Indiana deaths caused by opioids have risen 271% from 2010 to 2016, this was one of five pillars of Holcomb’s governing agenda. In pursuit of this mission, the Governor’s first step was appointing Jim McClelland as the inaugural Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement for the State of Indiana. This new cabinet position reports directly to the Governor and coordinates, aligns, and focuses the efforts of nine state agencies in response to the opioid epidemic. McClelland also chairs the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse.

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