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Staying aware of meth use, abuse

As most already know, the opiate epidemic has been worsening, each year claiming more lives than the last. What is less known by the general public is the problem with methamphetamines has been growing over the last several years as well.

A Bluffton doctor who wrote over 400 prescriptions for more than 50,000 opioid pills, including hundreds that were illegally resold by drug dealers, had his license placed on probation for three years and was fined $7,000 after the state found he was unfit to practice.

United Way of the Wabash Valley has been awarded a $200,000 federal grant to assess needs and develop plans to address opioid and other substance abuse problems in Sullivan, Parke and Vermillion counties.

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The national measles outbreak may leave people wondering about their status and whether they should get a measles vaccination. Those who are uncertain of their vaccination status can check with their health provider first, according to the Vigo County Health Department.