opioid epidemic

All IN: The Resurgence of Meth

Jan 13, 2020

Most of the attention around drug addiction these days goes to the opioid epidemic. And it’s easy to understand why. It’s deadly, widespread, and its effects on society have cost a lot of money. But for years, meth has been quietly growing in popularity, and it’s becoming a larger, more complicated problem for health professionals and law enforcement to address.

courtesy Purdue University

Purdue University pharmacists say their study of an Asian plant containing opioids shows it may be a better alternative to hard drugs, but isn’t completely safe for human consumption.

Professor Richard van Rijn says the green leaves of the kratom plant contain compounds similar to opium – just as some pharmaceuticals and some illicit drugs also do.

His team has been searching for ways to treat addictions, including alcoholism. He says his most recent round of pre-clinical testing shows kratom may be used as an as a therapy – of sorts.

An Indiana scientist has been awarded $21 million from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs to study chronic low back pain in veterans. Researchers say they hope to find innovative solutions to a widespread issue. 

Holcomb Officially Launches 2020 Re-election Campaign

Jul 15, 2019

Gov. Eric Holcomb leaned heavily into basketball references as he launched his re-election bid Saturday at the Hoosier Gym, where the movie "Hoosiers" filmed.

Drug Take Back Highlights New Search Tool

Apr 27, 2019

Indiana has expanded many policies and programs to deal with the opioid epidemic. Prescription drug take back events are one tool to help prevent misuse and overdose. 

Rush Hails Progress In 2019 State Of The Judiciary

Jan 16, 2019
Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush delivers the 2019 State of the Judiciary address. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush hailed better service for what she calls court “customers” during her annual State of the Judiciary address Wednesday.

Conflicting Research On Opioid Use From Purdue

Nov 9, 2018
Rebecca Wilcox / Purdue University

Different research groups from Purdue University are recommending contrasting action plans regarding opioid use. With one study attempting to treat opioid addiction, and another battles both alcohol abuse and depression.

Purdue professors Richard van Rijn from the department of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology and Laura Schwab-Reese and her team in health and kinesiology, who notes that depression affects nearly one in twelve Americans over 18 this year in her team’s report.

Opioid Task Force Hearing Highlights Solutions

Oct 17, 2018
The Legal Services Corporation Opioid Task Force met in Indianapolis Wednesday. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

An national Opioid Task Force held a field hearing in Indianapolis this week and provided a chance for the group to hear how legal interventions aid people with a substance use disorder.  

The discovery of a new drug compound could lead to non-opioid pain medication. 

Event Provides Overdose Reversal Drug, Training

Sep 28, 2018
Free naloxone was distributed at the event at IUPUI as part of the Grand Challenge. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

The public had an opportunity to learn to administer the overdose reversal drug naloxone in Indianapolis. The event was held simultaneously at four public libraries in the city.