IU Health Discusses Methods for Combating Prescription Painkiller Abuse


IU Health Starke Hospital says it has a framework for managing prescriptions written for pain medication.

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly last week said medical physicians often don’t receive proper training when it comes to writing prescriptions for pain killers. His efforts, alongside Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, are looking to curtail what is seen as an epidemic in the United States with opioid addiction and abuse.
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Free Cervical and Breast Cancer Screenings Available

healthyThe IU Health La Porte and Starke hospitals’ mobile health clinic is offering free cervical and breast cancer screenings in the area. Screenings are held inside the mobile health unit, which has two private exam rooms.
Screenings will take place in Knox from 8 a.m. until noon, on Aug. 1, in North Judson from 9 a.m. until noon on Aug. 6 and in La Porte from 9 a.m. until Noon on Aug. 17.
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Head of IU Health La Porte Foundation Receives Community Service Award

IU Health La Porte Hospital Foundation Head Maria Fruth recently received recognition for achievements in community service. Serving as executive vice-president and chief operating officer of the foundation, Fruth was presented with the Liberty Bell Award at a special ceremony on Friday, May 4 at La Porte Superior Court No. 1 in Michigan City.

The Liberty Bell Award was established by the American Bar Association more than 40 years ago to acknowledge outstanding community service.

Fruth has worked to establish a similar organization in Starke County at IU Health Starke Hospital.