STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2018) — State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) today at the Statehouse commemorated The Jennifer Act with a resolution noting the impact of the law curbing drug addiction.
The Jennifer Act ensures Medicaid will provide inpatient detoxification and cover some medical treatments. The law also provides education programs for judges, public defenders and lawmakers.
“We must remember the life of Jennifer Reynolds whose death resulted in meaningful changes to state law addressing addiction,” Heaton said. “Every life matters and we need to stay diligent in fighting the drug epidemic in Indiana.”
Owen County resident Sharon Blair began advocating for legislation in 2009 after the death of her daughter, Jennifer Reynolds, who died from an accidental prescription drug overdose. Blair wanted to assist individuals with addiction treatment. The result was House Enrolled Act 1448, or The Jennifer Act, which passed in 2015.
State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46,
which includes portions of Owen, Clay, Vigo and Monroe Counties.
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PHOTO CAPTION: Owen County resident Sharon Blair holds an image of her daughter, Jennifer Reynolds, as State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) presents a resolution commemorating The Jennifer Act on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at the Statehouse. Reynolds died in 2009 from an accidental drug overdose