Lead exposure

IU study examines the effects of low-level lead exposure on alcohol consumption. 

Read about the study

Citizen responders

A new grant will help IU researchers expand their work to recruit and train citizen responders for opioid overdose events.

Read more about the grant

Giving teens a chance

IU's Matt Aalsma and community partners are working together to make a difference in the lives of teens at risk of substance use disorder.

Read how

Stigma in rural areas

IU researchers find people living in rural areas report significantly higher levels of stigma toward people who use opioids for nonmedical reasons.

Read more about the study

Sharing his story

Brian Cuban, brother of IU alum Mark Cuban, shares his story of recovery and why he works to help others. 

Read his story

Reducing discrimination

A study by Brea Perry finds meaningful social contact with people who have experienced addiction can effectively reduce stigma.

Read more about the study

Community care

Deb Litzelaman, alongside dedicated community health workers, is providing support to young mothers who are struggling with substance use issues.

Read one mother's story

Going for Goals

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

Read how the program is working

Preparing the future

Upcoming workshops helps students across multiple areas of study to learn how to recognize and respond to opioid and substance use disorder. 

Learn more about the workshops


Making a difference

In honor of Recovery Month, read how IU's Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge has made an impact on Hoosiers' lives. 

Read an update on the Grand Challenge 


Working As One

IUPUI's John Simmons helps tells the story of people in recovery and substance abuse in Monroe County through his video "Working As One."

Watch the video


Rural response

Thanks to a new grant, Allison Greene, from the School of Public Health-Bloomington, will continue her work of providing substance and opioid use disorders prevention, treatment, and recovery activities in rural Fayette County.

Read more about her work

Prevention strategy

A study by IUPUI School of Nursing researchers looks at the different risk factors for substance use dirsorder among different age groups and prevention strategies geared toward each group.

Learn more about the strategies

Increasing youth's risk

Young adults and adolescents who are prescribed opioids for the first time may be at a slightly greater risk of developing a substance-related problem later in life, according to a new study co-authored by Indiana University researchers.

Read what researchers found

Health privacy rules

A blog by Nic Terry describes the existing state of health privacy rules applicable to SUD patients, current COVID-19 emergency provisions, and the statutory changes contained in the Cares Act of 2020.

Read the blog

Medication assisted treatment

IU study finds primary care physicians practicing in health systems receive waivers to prescribe buprenorphine at less than half the rate of those outside health systems.

Read more about the study

Recovery during a pandemic

IU researchers from three campuses are studying the impact of COVID-19 on people in recovery.

Read what they are discovering

Understanding stigma

IU study finds although Americans often understand that substance use disorder is a physical illness, it does not stop them from stigmatizing this group of people.

Read more 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 about his work

Community health workers

Debra Litzelman and community health workers are finding ways to continue to help pregnant women and new mothers with substance use disorders.

Learn about Litzelman's project

Coping with COVID-19

Melissa Cyders is studying how Americans coped during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read about the study

Moving interventions online

The pandemic has caused researchers Peter Finn and Leslie Hulvershorn to move essential substance use interventions online. 

Read about their work

Person to Person

The Person to Person Health Interview study, led in part by Brea Perry, quickly shifted to conduct new telephone interviews related to COVID-19.

Read about their research

Starting the conversation

A new project through IU Research brings together famous IU visitors, students, faculty and staff, who are sharing their personal stories in an effort to put an end to stigma.

Hear their stories


Reaching across disciplines 

A program through IU’s Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge is preparing students, across professions and sectors, to recognize and respond to opioid and substance use disorder.

Read more about the project

Changing the conversation

IU and the Indiana State Museum are working together to shift the conversation around substance use disorder.  

Learn about the exhibit

Exposure to opioids

IU School of Medicine's Brady Atwood is studying the effects of in utero exposure to opioids on neonatal, adolescent and adult physiology and behavior as part of the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge.

Read about Brady's project

Preparing Indiana's workforce

IU's Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge has helped faculty train and educate hundreds of professionals and students throughout the state.

Read more about the project

Reducing stigma

IU student and faculty team up with officals and community members in Miami County to organize photo exhibit aimed at reducing stigma. 

Learn about the project


Educating others

IU mom Becky Savage is turning the tragedy of losing two of her sons to substance use into an opportunity to help others. 

Read Becky's story

Inspiring the next generation

Students at the IU McKinney School of Law recently dug in to how law and policy play a role in the national opioid epidemic and explored their own legislative solutions to the problem.

Learn about the class

Leading the way

IU’s Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge has been awarded the Indiana Innovation Now Award by the Addiction Policy Forum.

Read about the award