FILE - This March 25, 2015 file photo shows Indiana Gov. Mike Pence responding to a question during a news conference in Scottsburg, Ind.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana lawmakers OK needle exchange programs

Opponents have argued that the bill could hinder drug-treatment efforts and create a legal defense for people arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia. But health officials repeatedly cited studies showing that needle exchanges are effective tools in curbing outbreaks.