Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress


Fatal Opioid Overdoses May Be More Common Than Thought

May 21, 2020 By Jillian Kramer

Opioids have been blamed for the deaths of at least 400,000 U.S. residents in the past two decades—but research now shows that number could be much higher.


Indiana to use nearly $1 million federal grant to deliver overdose-reversal drug naloxone to communities that need it

May 18, 2020 By Associated Press

Indiana will use nearly $1 million in federal funds to pay for the distribution of the opioid reversal drug naloxone to reach Hoosiers who are at risk of overdose, officials said.


Finding a way — Elizabethtown church still plans to open a recovery home for women

May 16, 2020 By Brian Blair

An Elizabethtown church still plans to open a substance abuse recovery house for women by August — but in a downtown Columbus location rather than a spot southwest of town.

Pastor Mike Harris of Faith Hope and Love Church of God In Christ originally planned to launch such a facility in a home the ministry owns in Garden City near Southside Elementary School. But new plans call for the transitional house to open in a five-bedroom, three-bath 2,200-square foot structure downtown.


David Crosby’s history of drug abuse may have contributed to the overdose death of biological son with Melissa Etheridge

May 16, 2020 By Lisa McLoughlin

In light of Beckett’s tragic death, chief operating officer of the Manhattan-based Center on Addiction Emily Feinstein claimed that Crosby’s past drug history could have played a factor.

“Research tells us that 40–60% of the risk for developing addiction is driven by genetics. When an individual with a substance use disorder has a history of addiction in their family, it is likely that genetics were a contributing factor.”


Walmart leverages VR, remote training to fight opioid abuse

May 13, 2020 By Dan Berthiaume

Walmart has implemented a multi-faceted strategy to train employees, first responders, and members of the public about opioid safety. The retailer has created a virtual reality (VR) tool for training first responders to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose.


Addressing the Stigma That Surrounds Addiction

May 11, 2020 By Nora D. Volkow

Untreated drug and alcohol use contribute to tens of thousands of deaths every year and impact the lives of many more. Healthcare already has effective tools including medications for opioid and alcohol use disorder that could prevent many of these deaths, but they are not being utilized widely enough, and many people who could benefit do not even seek them out. One important reason is the stigma that surrounds people with addiction.


Emergency departments slow to adopt proven opioid use disorder therapy

May 11, 2020 By Brita Belli

A new study by Yale researchers looking at nearly 400 clinicians at four urban academic emergency departments found that, despite scientific evidence supporting the benefits of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, just 21% of emergency department clinicians indicated readiness to offer it to patients in need.


Employed and Addicted

May 11, 2020 By Nick Dmitrovich

Do you know someone living with an addiction? Chances are you do. As many as two out of three Hoosiers know someone with an addiction to drugs. For about a quarter of us, it’s a friend. For one in five of us, it’s a family member, according to data from IU.


Transition from treatment: ASAP prepping for first sober living home

May 8, 2020 By Brian Blair

The Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Columbus hopes to open the first of a series of sober living transitional homes by mid-June.
The idea of the homes is to allow those who have completed a substance abuse program to have build a support network, and to establish job and financial stability amid a structured environment while in the initial stages of recovery — all to better ensure long-term success of remaining free of substance abuse.


Amid a Pandemic, An Overdue Change in Opioid Addiction Treatment

May 7, 2020 By Zachary Siegel

The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the routines of hundreds of thousands of methadone patients across the U.S. That’s because in March, in recognition of the evolving issues surrounding Covid-19, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) eased restrictions on access to methadone. States may now allow “stable” patients — those with a track record of showing up for appointments and abstaining from illicit drug use, among other criteria — to take home up to 28 days of doses. Newer patients can be permitted up to 14 days’ worth. Previously, most methadone patients were required to come to the clinic on all or most days to receive their medication.