opioid addiction

An Indiana non-profit is touring the state to bring opioid education and tools to faith based communities. 

Free naloxone was distributed at the event at IUPUI as part of the Grand Challenge. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana University joins a group of more than 100 organizations dedicated addressing opioid misuse to share research and data with the National Academy of Medicine. 

Jim McClelland, executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement, delivers the keynote address at an event discussing opioids in the workplace. (Justin Hicks/IPB News)
Justin Hicks

An employee benefits firm brought together companies and lawmakers Wednesday in Indianapolis to address the effects of opioid addiction on workplaces across the state. 

A bill to create three comprehensive addiction recovery centers is making its way through the Statehouse. The proposal would fund centers in northern, central and southern Indiana and address numerous components involved in recovery.

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Montgomery County commissioners have established a fund to improve overdose response and recovery methods. The money comes from a $25,000 award given to Montgomery County and IUPUI’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.

County health department administrator Amber Reed says they’re working to provide care and resources for people who come to emergency rooms after an overdose.

Rural Opioid Consortium Gets $200,000 Federal Boost

Nov 9, 2018

The Indiana Rural Opioid Consortium has received $200,000 in new funding to expand and continue to build a network in Hoosier communities that lack resources to tackle the opioid crisis. 

A national addiction policy group launched an Indiana chapter this week with an aim to create more resources for families and individuals struggling with addiction.

The Addiction Policy Forum works to raise awareness and improve policy related to the opioid and addiction crisis.  

Bill Adds Opioid Treatment Options

Mar 15, 2018
Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer presents HEA 1017 to the House. (Photo courtesy of Kirchhofer's office)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana lawmakers passed a bill to expand the number of opioid treatment centers in the state.  It adds nine centers that will be located at existing hospitals. Each will need approval from the state.  

Rep. Cindy Kirchhoffer (R-Beech Grove) authored the legislation to improve access to addiction treatment – especially for people in rural areas. 

Photo courtesy of the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Indiana has a significant increase in overdoses cases.

The report examines the most recent data on overdoses at emergency departments. Indiana experienced a 35 percent increase in visits a trend that Indianapolis EMS medical director Dan O’Donnell says isn’t surprising.

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By the slimmest of margins, Tippecanoe County’s needle exchange program will survive for at least one more year.

A 2-1 vote by the county commissioners Monday came down only after Commissioner David Byers – who’d declined for weeks to state his stance publicly – voted in favor of a continuance.

Byers says he was swayed by talking to other commissioners at a recent state conference and by listening closely to public comment at Monday’s meeting from those who are unhappy about the exchange operating in a residential neighborhood in Lafayette.

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