Responding to the Addictions Crisis

Addiction is devastating countless lives. The misuse of and addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers, methamphetamine and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl has created a national crisis affecting millions of Americans. 

Recovering from this crisis is not an easy path, but as a state, Indiana is not standing idle. Many partners have joined together to respond to the rising problems associated with addiction. Indiana state government has launched programs to support its citizens and many organizations are dedicating time and resources to ensure communities get the help they need. At Indiana University, we are leveraging the strengths of our seven campuses and creating partnerships throughout the state to lead one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive state-based responses to the addiction crisis. By working together, addiction will no longer control the lives of too many Hoosiers.

Making a difference

IU researchers remain committed to helping advance the fight against substance use disorders on behalf of Hoosiers and their families.

Read about the progress of the Grand Challenge

In This Together

The Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge is offering two courses to help reduce stigma around substance use disorder.

Learn more about the classes

Fighting against stigma

A study by Brea Perry finds meaningful social contact with people who have experienced addiction can reduce prejudice and discrimination.

Read more about the study

Prevention measures

IU's Tamika Zapolski is partnering with community schools to provide a drug prevention program aimed for at-risk students.

Read how the project is working

COVID-19 impact on substance use disorder

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 virus, people with substance use disorder are at particular risk of being affected by interruptions in medical care and challenges associated with isolation and social distancing. Researchers at IU remain committed to addressing the addictions crisis that continues to take place throughout the state and to finding ways to address the needs of those coping with SUD during the pandemic.

More information on the work IU is doing related to COVID-19 is available online. 

See below for more resources related to substance use and COVID-19.

Turning to alcohol

A study by Hank Green shows alcohol use and frequency grew amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Read more about the study

 

Recovery during a pandemic

Melissa Cyders and colleagues from IU Southeast and IU South Bend are looking at how people with substance use disorder are impacted by COVID-19.

Read about the study

Access to services

Zachary Adams is studying the emotional and behavioral impact of the pandemic on young people and how to best connect them with needed mental health services.

Read how

Confronting the addiction crisis with 160 partnerships throughout Indiana

Use the map below to learn more about our partnerships throughout the state.

Expanding Clinical Training
Capacity


Conducting Public Health Research & Developing Policy Recommendations


Improving Access to Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Services


Partnering with Harm Reduction Organizations


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IU's committed to Indiana

Fighting the addictions crisis is personal. Researchers with IU’s Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge are working every day to solve pressing challenges with one focus in mind: making life better for Hoosiers everywhere.

Description of the video:

[Remarks by Scott Long, Mayor of Wabash, Indiana and father of two daughters who struggle with substance use disorder, amidst footage of Long in City Hall and walking the streets of Wabash, Ind.]

“Addiction in our community – it’s a community problem. It’s important for universities like IU to come alongside these communities that don’t have the resources that are available at these institutions.”

[Remarks from Latasha Timberlake, a community health worker, with footage of her speaking with a colleague at the clinic where she meets with patients suffering from substance use disorder.]

“It gives our patients hope. Another resource another avenue that they did not know was available to them.”

[Additional remarks from Mayor Long with footage of him in his City Hall office.]

“We can tap into the resources at IU to help us with this battle, alongside communities throughout the state of Indiana.”

About Grand Challenges

We’re tackling large-scale, complex problems that require collaboration across disciplines, industries, and communities. Our success will be measured by the tangible impact our programs have on the lives of Hoosiers.

Launched in 2017, Responding to the Addictions Crisis is the newest initiative of Indiana University’s Grand Challenges program aimed at solving some of the most difficult challenges facing Indiana.

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