'People's Hearing on the Opioid Crisis' at the Statehouse Tuesday

This file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison - FILE)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Several Hoosiers are flocking to the Statehouse Tuesday hoping for action on the opioid crisis.

At 1:30 p.m., it's the "People's Hearing on the Opioid Crisis."

We're told the group "Hoosier Action" plans to ask for a more compassionate approach when it comes to dealing with the epidemic. They say state lawmakers haven't done enough to address the growing problem.

Research from the Center for Criminal Justice Research at the IU Public Policy Institute shows Marion County, and likely the entire state, has been dramatically under-counting opioid-involved deaths. Sometimes people who had fentanyl in their systems, for example, aren't counted as opioid deaths, just an "unspecified overdose."

They partnered with the Marion County Coroner's office to study the numbers and say better tracking will lead to better treatment and fewer deaths.

Last week Governor Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law requiring better records and reports on drug overdose deaths around the state.