[R59] Rep. Milo Smith recognized as champion of addiction and recovery issues (8/31/2012)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Start Date: 8/31/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/31/2012
STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) was presented with the Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition’s (IAIC) 2012 Legislative Advocacy Award on Saturday, August 25. Rep. Smith received this award for authoring House Bill (HB) 1196, banning synthetic drugs such as bath salts.  The award was presented at the IAIC Recovery Cookout Celebration. 

“I am honored to receive this award, and I am glad that Indiana is more capable of battling the use of synthetic drugs thanks to preventative measures like HB 1196,” said Rep. Smith. “Addiction is a very serious public health issue and banning synthetic substances is a step towards preventing dependence on them.” 

The IAIC is a broad-based, diverse, not-for-profit organization that advocates on behalf of people with addictive disorders. The IAIC’s mission is to promote recovery through advocacy, public education and service.

“We chose Rep. Smith because of his work banning bath salts and other synthetic drugs. Prevention is important in the continuum of addiction, and if we can prevent it then we are closer to stopping it at the beginning stages. We applaud Rep. Smith for his efforts to combat addiction with prevention,” said Jill Matheny, Director of Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition. 

“The Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition very much appreciates Representative Milo Smith’s strong advocacy for addiction treatment and recovery. Recovery occurs when treatment is accessible and harmful drugs are not. Representative Smith has taken a leadership role in this area and during the last legislative session worked hard to make synthetic drugs illegal, and thus, inaccessible,” said Karl Stout, Chairman of the IAIC Board of Directors.

Rep. Smith received the award at a cookout celebration in recognition of National Recovery Month, which is held annually in September.  Recovery Month is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

“It is my duty to enact legislation that protects the people of Indiana. This bill was designed to keep dangerous substances out of the hands of Hoosiers so that the likelihood of addiction is lessened,” said Rep. Smith. 

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Rep. Smith (R-Columbus) represents parts of Johnson and Bartholomew counties

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