Indiana commission discusses opioid problem


(Indiana Statehouse Newsroom) – It’s no secret that drug abuse is a big problem affecting our entire state, but there is help out there.

Thursday, the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse met to talk about how Hoosiers can get help.

A room packed with people at the Hope Academy in Indianapolis to talk about one thing: the grip opioids has on our state.

Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said, “Opioids are killing our kids. They’re killing our moms and our days, our brothers, and our sisters.”

The state’s commission to combat drugs discussed many things including providing more beds for insurance abuse patients, adding permanent drug disposal locations across Indiana, and Indiana University wanting to invest $50 million over five years in research and education to fight the addiction crisis.

Carter said, “Every community in Indiana should be concerned about this. That’s why we’re here – to talk about that problem, to talk about resources, talk about combining those resources. No one person has all the answers here.”

The commission which started meeting in January is responsible for coordinating substance abuse prevention, drug treatment, and drug enforcement across Indiana.

It’s state leaders coming together talking about real resources.

Carter said, “This gives us a platform to do that and have very open, very canded conversations with elected officials, and with treatment professionals and the like.”

Commission members said the work they’re doing is a matter of life and death for Hoosiers.

According to state data, opioid deaths in Indiana have gone up 271% from 2010 to 2016.

If you or someone you know is fighting addiction, here is a link to treatment, and help where you live.

For resources where you live, click here.

You can also dial 211 or call the Call the Indiana Addiction Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or you can click here to talk with a live person.

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(This story was originally published November 8, 2017)

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