Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress


ON THE DECLINE: Drug overdoses deaths down, but fentanyl, meth are trending

July 25, 2021 By Andy East

Fatal drug overdoses in Bartholomew County have declined so far this year compared to 2020, when overdose deaths reached their highest level since at least 2015.


Leonard’s leadership critical in advancing ASAP

July 25, 2021 By Staff Reports

While he’s reluctant to take any credit for expanding local drug treatment services, outgoing Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress Executive Director Doug Leonard deserves it.

In 2019, Leonard — two years after retiring from the state hospital association — agreed to take the reins at ASAP, which is a community-wide response to address substance use disorder in Bartholomew County.

Little did Leonard know that during his time at ASAP, the complex challenge of combating the local drug epidemic would be compounded by a worldwide pandemic.


FINISHING THE TEST DRIVE: Leonard returns to retirement after leading ASAP

July 21, 2021 By Mark Webber

“We don’t seek, nor do we take credit for anything we do,” Leonard said. “Our role is to help the system grow and thrive, and our eyes were wide open to partner with anyone (to provide substance abuse treatment).”


2020 Saw a Scary Increase in U.S. Drug Overdoses. We Must Take National Action to Help Communities at Risk

July 19, 2021 By Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Grassley

The rate of drug overdoses in the U.S. accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, worsening an existing public health crisis, and the numbers are staggering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that more than 93,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2020, the most ever in a single year, and up nearly 30% from the 72,000 deaths in 2019.


New executive director ‘very excited’ to further ASAP’s mission

July 10, 2021 By Andy East

The change in leadership comes as ASAP officials and others are looking at how they can continue to bolster the community-wide response to substance use disorder amid a worsening drug overdose crisis that experts believe has been exacerbated by the pandemic.


Recognizing the signs of an opioid overdose and what to do

July 10, 2021 By MedicalNewsToday

An opioid overdose requires immediate medical attention as it can be fatal. Anyone experiencing or witnessing an overdose should call 911 immediately.


Jewett named new ASAP director

June 24, 2021 By Staff Reports

The Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress has named Sherri Jewett, a current regional health care leader, as its new executive director.


Childhood trauma can make people like morphine more

June 22, 2021 By University of Exeter

People who have experienced childhood trauma get a more pleasurable “high” from morphine, new research suggests.

University of Exeter scientists compared the effects of morphine on 52 healthy people – 27 with a history of childhood abuse and neglect, and 25 who reported no such experiences in childhood.

Those with childhood trauma liked morphine (an opioid drug) more, felt more euphoric and had a stronger desire for another dose.

Those with no childhood trauma were more likely to dislike the effects and feel dizzy or nauseous.


What’s the Buzz?: Healthy brains and substance abuse prevention

June 21, 2021 By Carol Thornton SAPC

Parents, caregivers, schools and communities need to keep up the work of educating and supporting our youth to prevent drug and alcohol use. Our youth have experienced major life transitions at the beginning of the pandemic and will face more transitions as the pandemic slows.

We need to listen to what our youth are saying. We need to pay attention to their actions, find help for them when needed and continue to educate them on the risks on drug and alcohol use.


Growing fentanyl problem concerning

June 20, 2021 By Staff Reports

Fentanyl isn’t a new drug, but there’s ample evidence that suggests illegal use is near, or at, an all-time high in Bartholomew County.

The synthetic opioid is usually prescribed in the form of patches or lozenges that are 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. In recent years, it has become increasingly popular on streets across the U.S. due to its heroin-like effects.