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CONTACT: Megan Wade-Taxter

July 31, 2019

(317) 233-7104

Birth certificates, medication disposal bags, opioid awareness among highlights

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) will offer health trainings, birth certificates, free medication disposal bags, educational games and other activities designed to promote healthy habits for Hoosiers during this year’s Indiana State Fair.


Ten ISDH divisions will staff booths in the Exposition Hall for all 17 days of the fair, providing education about tobacco cessation, food safety, disease prevention and ways to prevent infant mortality, among other issues.


“The theme of this year’s state fair is ‘Heroes in the Heartland,’” noted State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “Many of us have heroes in our own lives, and I can’t think of a better way to support those individuals than to promote healthy lifestyles so we can keep them with us for many years to come.”


Educating Hoosiers about the risks of opioids and how to safely dispose of unused medication are key tools in Indiana’s fight against the drug epidemic. To that end, ISDH will provide information about prevention, treatment and recovery and distribute free at-home kits for the safe disposal of unused medications. The safe drug disposal bags are being provided by Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) Indiana through a donation to the Healthy Hoosiers Foundation (HHF).


“While the state is making strides in taking back prescription drugs for proper disposal, there are still thousands of pounds of unused medication in Indiana residents’ homes,” Dr. Box said. “We’re grateful to RALI Indiana for its support to help ensure unused medications aren’t contributing to substance abuse in our state and give Hoosiers a safe way to dispose of these medications in their household trash.”


For more information about RALI, visit


Fairgoers also will be able to play health-themed corn hole and other games, check whether their child is tall enough to transition from a car seat to a booster seat, see demonstrations of the Liv pregnancy mobile application and pick up items such as a MyPlate, a plastic dinner plate that shows recommended portions of different food groups.


During the first two days of the fair, parents will be able to check their child’s immunization record and activate it in MyVaxIndiana. On August 10 and 11, attendees will be able to purchase copies of birth and death certificates from the ISDH Vital Records Division. Individuals should bring a driver’s license or other photo identification and a check for $10 to obtain a certificate on the spot.


Indiana WIC will also be onsite (Aug. 6 and 13) to help Hoosiers who may qualify for the nutritional program.


For health and safety information, visit the ISDH website at and follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at



The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event celebrating Hoosiers’ spirit and agricultural heritage. These 17 days celebrate Indiana agriculture and promote it to hundreds of thousands of people across Indiana, and beyond. Nationally recognized for offering great entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premier facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair has been an annual attraction for generations of Hoosiers since 1852.


The 2019 Indiana State Fair will be held August 2-18. To pay tribute to the heroism of everyday Hoosiers, this year’s Indiana State Fair theme is HEROES IN THE HEARTLAND presented by Indiana Donor Network. Throughout the 17-day event, the Indiana State Fair will salute Hoosier farmers, first responders, educators, members of the Armed Forces and many others who keep us safe and make us proud. Additionally, each day during the fair, Marvel Character and DC Comics Superheroes will be highlighted.


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