Trump picks Indiana health commissioner for surgeon general

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump nominated Indiana’s health commissioner to serve as the next U.S. surgeon general on Thursday, selecting an anesthesiologist who promoted needle-exchange programs while serving under Vice President Mike Pence. http://www.wkow.com/story/35782669/trump-picks-indiana-health-commissioner-for-surgeon-general

Opinion: Opioid battle can be won

Here’s a one-question quiz: Over the decades that such statistics have been kept, what cause of death showed the largest year-over-year increase in the United States? http://www.nonpareilonline.com/opinion/your_view/opinion-opioid-battle-can-be-won/article_4143a784-5c55-11e7-8d4e-27ea156f3ae4.html

National expert partners with groups to combat opioid abuse

HICKORY – Dr. Thomas McLellan, chairman and co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute, spent Tuesday working with Partners Behavioral Health Management, local law enforcement, county stakeholders, and other area authorities to discuss the ongoing opioid crisis facing the area. http://www.hickoryrecord.com/townnews/medicine/national-expert-partners-with-groups-to-combat-opioid-abuse/article_e800df3c-5747-11e7-99d3-276dec68d74c.html

Nonprofit places drug disposal drop-boxes across county

GREENFIELD – Police departments across Hancock County now have drug disposal boxes, where residents can safely discard their unused prescriptions, a program law enforcement officials say helps cut down on crime and combats drug addiction. http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/2017/06/22/nonprofit_funds_drug_disposal/