Indiana Prevention Resource Center

Survey Finds Vaping Up Among Indiana Youth

Aug 24, 2018

The annual Indiana Youth Survey looks at substance use, mental health and other addiction risk factors.  This year’s assessment found a significant increase in use of electronic cigarettes by middle and high schoolers. 

Principal Tom Hakim at Cold Spring Elementary, one of the Indianapolis schools exploring substance misuse prevention programs. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A growing number of groups are creating substance abuse prevention programs in schools, across the country.  Many of the “evidence-based” programs show positive results, reducing the number of children who try heroin, cocaine or become long-term smokers.

In response to Indiana’s opioid epidemic, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation started research to see how it could make an impact. 

Youth Survey Finds Vaping, Tobacco And Drug Use Down

Aug 25, 2017

An annual survey of Indiana teens finds the use of tobacco, vapor, alcohol and drug use on the decline.

This year the 27th Youth Survey from the Indiana University’s Indiana Prevention Resource Center analyzed answers from more than 126,000 Hoosier students – sixth to 12th grade – at 409 schools around the state. The questions cover issues ranging from use of various drugs to gambling and mental health.

The study first included the use of electronic vaping products two years ago and has found a steady decrease in the number of teen’s vaping every year.

Drug Abuse Symposium Focuses On Preventing Addiction

Oct 14, 2016
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Day two of a drug abuse symposium in Indianapolis focused on prevention Friday. Officials say a disproportionate amount of time and money is focused on what to do after someone gets addicted rather than preventing someone from becoming an addict.

The philosophy behind drug prevention has changed in the last 20 years, says Indiana Prevention Resource Center educator Jasynda Radanovich.