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INDIANAPOLIS – AtThursday’s Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse meeting, Jim McClelland, thestate’s executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement,announced his retirement, effective January 9, 2020.
“On the day I tookoffice, I called for an all hands on deck approach to combat the drug crisisand help more people recover, and Jim McClelland selflessly set his retirementaside to answer that call,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “His passion andexpertise in building systems that work to help people have given Indiana’sresponse to the drug crisis strong positive momentum. I’m grateful for hisservice to our state and congratulate him on his well-deserved retirement.”
Following McClelland’sdeparture in January, Douglas Huntsinger will assume the role of executivedirector for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement and chairman of theIndiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse.
In January 2017, Gov.Holcomb signed an executive order creating the role of Indiana executivedirector for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement and appointedMcClelland to oversee the state’s efforts to combat the drug crisis. Over thepast three years, McClelland has coordinated the governor’s Next Level Recoveryinitiative, working with partners across Indiana to increase access to qualitytreatment for substance use, implement prescribing guidelines and enhanceprevention efforts to help young people avoid becoming substance dependent.
McClelland has adecades-long legacy of community service as a nonprofit leader. Prior to hisappointment as the state’s “drug czar,” he concluded a 45-year career withGoodwill Industries, including 41 years as president and CEO of GoodwillIndustries of Central Indiana.
While efforts tocombat the drug epidemic continue, significant progress has occurred over thepast three years. Data from the CDC shows that drug overdose deaths in Indianadeclined 12.9% in 2018, improving twice as much as the national average. Opioidprescriptions in Indiana have also declined 12%, falling faster than thenational average. Secured in February 2018, Indiana’s federal Medicaid waiverexpanded access to treatment for substance use and has enabled 56,000 Hoosiersto receive treatment.
A native of Frankton,Indiana, Huntsinger is currently deputy director for drug prevention, treatmentand enforcement, overseeing operational aspects of the state’s response to thedrug crisis since 2017. He previously served as executive producer of theIndiana State Fair and as a policy director in the office of former GovernorDaniels. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Indiana Jail OvercrowdingTask Force.
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