Opioid deaths’ rise in Indiana rural areas alarms leaders at symposium

LEBANON, Ind. (WISH) — The opioid epidemic has gotten out of control, Indiana authorities said Friday, and rural communities are being hit harder than ever.

Leaders came together at the Boone County Fairgrounds for the Ag/Rural Opioid Addiction Symposium.

Rural Indiana is a place where cornstalks instead of skyscrapers grow tall. County roads are more than enough for rush-hour traffic. It’s a seemingly quiet life, but with a deafening problem.

“I was partying and started out drinking...

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