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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2018 


Trump clashes with Democrats and threatens a government shutdown if he doesn’t get his border wall. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Lawmakers agree on an $867-billion Farm Bill; and a new report finds private community correction centers failing to rehabilitate people who live there.

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Public News Service - IN: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

The earlier someone starts engaging in binge drinking, the more likely he or she is to suffer serious consequences, a new study shows. (Gunner Grimnes/Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS – From beer pong to quarters, binge drinking is a social norm on many college campuses. However, researchers say it's a risk behavior that does not always end after graduation. The study from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) examined data from 10 India

One in 10 Hoosier kids reportedly lives with someone who's dealing with substance abuse. (in.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – The latest KIDS COUNT Data Book for Indiana is out, and it shows the state has made some strides, but the Indiana Youth Institute says there's still a big problem that needs to be addressed. The group's president, Tami Silverman, says the impact the opioid epidemic is having o

About 286,000 Hoosiers say they have engaged in non-medical use of opioid pain relievers. (cdc.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Now that President Donald Trump has declared the nation’s opioid crisis a public health emergency, those working the front lines want to see an actual increase in funding. Last week the president promised to loosen regulations and increase flexibility on funding for states. H

A move to reform the juvenile justice system by offering alternatives other than juvenile detention is now in its 25th year. (aecf.org)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Young people in trouble with the law in Indiana have benefited from an updated approach to juvenile justice. It's the 25th anniversary of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. Indiana was one of the first states to embrace it, and state Supreme

The latest report by the Indiana Youth Institute says kids are still smoking and drinking too much, but the teen birth rate continues to decline. (inatashko/morguefile)

INDIANAPOLIS - More children in Indiana live with adults who are struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues than their peers nationally. That's one finding of the 2016 Kids Count report, compiled by the Indiana Youth Institute. It shows more than 13 percent of Indiana's children have l

When a person decides to take his or her own life, experts say pain has exceeded hope. Credit: pef/Morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS – No one wants to be nosy, but it could actually save a life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 12 minutes in the U.S. someone takes his or her own life. And a Hoosier teen dies by suicide roughly every two and a half days. Lisa Brattain, are

The shame and stigma of addiction can stop people from seeking the help they need. Credit: andronicusmax/Flickr

INDIANAPOLIS - Slightly more than a year since Indiana reduced penalties for drug offenses, a new approach is under way to remove addiction's grip on Indiana. On Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence announced the Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention, a group that state Sen. Jim Merritt, R-I

Indiana's Lifeline law allows minors who have witnessed a crime, a medical emergency or sexual assault to call for help without getting into trouble. Photo credit: Anita Peppers/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana college students headed to campus are being reminded of an important number that could save a life: 911. Indiana's Lifeline law helps to remove barriers that may otherwise prevent a person from calling to report a crime or seeking medical assistance for someone who is intoxic

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