Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress


State, Indiana nonprofit partner to fight opioid crisis with ‘NaloxBoxes’

February 5, 2021 By Fox 59

These NaloxBox units contain the opioid reversal agent naloxone, also known as Narcan, which blocks the effects of an overdose and can make a life-or-death difference, officials said.

“Making overdose response tools like naloxone readily available to any Hoosier who may encounter an individual suffering from an overdose is critical in addressing the drug epidemic,” Gov. Holcomb said.


How To Fight The Opioid Crisis In The Middle Of A Pandemic

February 3, 2021 By Charlotte Bismuth, Erin Markevitch, Dr. Andrew Kolodny, and Emily Walden

We saw a staggering number of deaths from COVID-19 in 2020. But it wasn’t the only public health crisis that claimed the lives of many of our loved ones.


Addiction centers work to get back to in-person treatment

February 2, 2021 By Zach Myers

“The opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety, it’s connection,” Executive Director of Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement Doug Huntsinger, said. “And we know that last year has been very difficult for people to stay connected.”


State Museum Highlights Opioid Crisis While Overdoses Soar

January 29, 2021 By Lilly St. Aneglo

Opioid usage has skyrocketed in Indiana during the pandemic and the Indiana State Museum wants to get the word out.

More than 800 Hoosiers died in the first six months of 2020 from overdoses, according to Indiana Department of Health preliminary data. That’s a 41% increase compared to the first six months of 2019. Emergency room visits due to overdoses went up 53%.


Reducing stigma associated with substance use disorders will help recovery

January 25, 2021 By Advocate-Messenger

Stigma can result in a person being denied access to housing, jobs, custody of their children, community leadership roles, fairness in the criminal justice system, and participation in a faith community. Very seriously, experiencing stigma can result in a person with a substance use disorder failing to seek treatment and additional recovery support when it is most needed. So, yes, stigma can contribute to death.


Medication Assisted Treatment is Saving Lives in the Opioid Epidemic

January 22, 2021 By Annie Lindgren

According to the CDC, more than 750,000 people have died since 1999 from a drug overdose. In 2018, two out of three overdose deaths involved opioids. Deaths involving synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, have gone up 10% since 2013. On average, 128 people die a day from an opioid overdose. Medication-Assisted Treatment is offering lifesaving solutions.


Sheriffs: We can’t ‘arrest our way out of’ the rural drug problem

January 20, 2021 By Hannah Pagel

Across the nation’s over 3,000 counties, opioid misuse continues to pose a challenge for county justice and health departments, with 130 Americans dying of an opioid overdose daily, according to the National Association of Counties. But the full extent of the rural drug problem doesn’t stop there; it’s impacting families as well as those who work in border control, health departments, sheriffs, and criminal justice systems.


Ever Considered Narcan Training? Now Is the Time to Act

January 20, 2021 By Kayla Hui

Increased naloxone (Narcan) access and training is a key tool for preventing overdose deaths.

Naloxone is a fast-acting opioid antagonist. This means it can reverse and block the effects of an opioid overdose. It comes in the form of an injection or a nasal spray, both of which are easy to use after a quick training.


How public health ads that incite fear can backfire

January 16, 2021 By Eric Berger & Kaiser Health News

Marketing experts say public health advertising often falls short because it incites people’s worst fears rather than providing clear steps viewers can take to save lives.


In some communities, serious opioid intervention starts in adolescence. And experts say it works

January 15, 2021 By Frank Rupnik

Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario have been located in ten locations across the province since February 2017. These one-stop shops for youth between the ages of 12 to 25 deal with a wide range of issues that can lead to addiction if unaddressed.