It’s no secret, drug abuse is a big problem affecting the state. But, there is help out there. Today, the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse met to talk about how they can help Hoosiers.
According to the state of Indiana, 4 out of 5 new heroin users start by misusing prescription painkillers. That is just one of the startling facts facing the state.
Thursday afternoon, people packed a room at the Hope Academy in Indianapolis. They were there to talk about one thing; the grip opioids has on the state.
Doug Carter, the Indiana State Police Superintendent, and member of the Commission 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 Thursday, including providing more beds for substance abuse patients, adding permanent drug disposal locations across Indiana, and Indiana University wanting to invest $50 Million over 5 years, in research and education to fight the addiction crisis.
Doug Carter, with Indiana State Police Superintendent 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 began meeting in January, is responsible for coordinating substance abuse prevention, drug treatment, and drug enforcement across Indiana. It was state leaders coming together, talking real resources.
Carter explained “This gives us a platform to do that and have very open, very candid conversations with elected officials, and with treatment professionals and the like.”
Thursday, commission members said the work they’re doing is a matter of life and death for Hoosiers.
According to state data, opioid deaths in our state have gone up 271% from 2010 to 2016.
Doug Carter explained “It’s as bad as anything we could’ve possibly predicted, and we missed it by a mile. That’s how bad it is.”
For more information about the state’s fight against addiction, and to find resources, click here
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.