Fighter of city’s heroin abuse to attend State of the Union

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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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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