By BRIAN A. HOWEY
INDIANAPOLIS - Following through on a campaign promise, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order just hours after taking office, creating a drug czar position. “Since 1999, Indiana has seen a 500 percent increase in drug overdose deaths. This is an epidemic tragically affecting Hoosiers from every walk of life in every part of our state," Holcomb said on Monday. "This new position will provide the urgent and concerted attention required to effectively reduce the impact drug addiction is having on families, individuals and children.” The excutive order, one of 11 signed, creates the Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement. Holcomb named Jim McClelland, who retired in 2015 as CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana. McClellend will serve as the chairman of Indiana’s Commission to Combat Drug Abuse, coordinate and direct the drug-related activities of nine Indiana state agencies, and measure results and outcomes of state programs to reduce addiction. McClelland will report directly to Holcomb.