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Fighter of City’s Heroin Abuse to Attend State of the Union

CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – The leader of a drug treatment center in an eastern Indiana city hit hard by heroin abuse will be U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly's guest for the State of the Union address.

Donnelly says he invited Sharon Cranfill of Connersville to attend Tuesday night's speech by President Barack Obama to highlight the work she and others are doing to help those struggling with heroin and prescription drug abuse.

Cranfill is director of the House of Ruth, which offers residential counseling, job training and other services. Officials say Connersville has had eight deaths among more than 40 heroin overdoses since September.

Congresswoman Susan Brooks says she's recognizing the important work of law enforcement officers by inviting Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite to attend the speech.

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