Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress


Program helps those addicted break the silence and ‘recover out loud’

February 20, 2020 By Stephanie Wade

An addiction recovery program called Recover Out Loud began a year ago in Greensburg.

The program where people addicted to drugs and alcohol talk about their problems live on Facebook has since expanded to Columbus, Shelbyville, Jeffersonville and Fort Wayne.


Ahead of schedule: New Bartholomew County Jail drug treatment program begins

February 19, 2020 By Andy East

A drug treatment program for Bartholomew County Jail inmates has started months ahead of schedule, with 12 female inmates and six male inmates already receiving treatment for substance abuse disorder.

The program aims to reduce recidivism by offering inmates with substance abuse problems evidence-based treatment and to help them become sober and develop life skills to re-enter the community after being released from jail.


Session offers employers info on addiction

February 17, 2020 By Mark Webber

An upcoming day-long event led by Indiana Workforce Recovery will help employers learn more about Indiana’s drug problem and how it’s affecting the ability to find a quality workforce.

The session will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 3 at the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave. There is no charge to attend.


Increasing demand: CRH’s addiction treatment center on pace for 900 patients in first year

February 16, 2020 By Andy East

After six months, Columbus Regional Health’s Treatment and Support Center (TASC), 2630 22nd St., is on pace to see nearly 900 unique patients in its first year — more than seven times higher than CRH’s initial projection of 126 patients and 50% higher than CRH’s five-year estimate of 600 patients.


Rural opioid epidemic: Indiana overdoses have increased 22.5%

February 10, 2020 By James Henry

In Indiana opioid overdoses have increased 22.5%. For every 100,000 people, about 30 people have died — far greater than the national average of 19.


Why small changes to the language around addiction are so enormously important

February 9, 2020 By Dr. Laura MacKinnon

The word addict is ubiquitous in our society. It can be used to describe our strong inclinations or repeated actions of devotion to anything, from working out and social media, to pizza and coffee. Additionally, it’s used for behaviours that are detrimental to a person’s wellbeing, such as gambling. And to describe a person who has a tolerance to and dependency on substances such as drugs or alcohol.

The way we speak to and about people who use drugs makes a difference in their outcomes, because language perpetuates stigma. And the word “addict” can be highly stigmatizing for people who are struggling with substance use.


We’ve responded to the substance misuse crisis as if it’s only about opioids

February 5, 2020 By John Auerbach and Benjamin F. Miller

Just a few days ago, we learned that life expectancy had risen for the first time since 2014 and saw the first decline in drug overdose deaths since 2012.

While this is great news that should be celebrated, we also found that suicides continue to rise and overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids, cocaine, and psychostimulants (a category that includes drugs like methamphetamine, amphetamine, and methylphenidate) continued to increase.


More than half of US opioid prescriptions for dental procedures exceeded 3-day supply recommendations

February 4, 2020 By Elsevier

Dentists are among top prescribers of opioids in the US, however, whether their opioid prescribing exceeds guidance had not been investigated. A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicates that more than half of opioid prescriptions issued by dentists exceed the three-day supply recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for acute dental pain management. The findings also show that 29 percent of dental patients received more powerful opioids than needed for expected post-procedure pain.


Teens talk opioid epidemic in new production

February 4, 2020 By Fox 59

The Young Actors Theatre’s latest production tackles the growing opioid epidemic in Indiana. “Love Over Dose” is a play written by teens and for teens.


From opioids to social media, new Indiana State Museum exhibit focuses on all types of addiction

January 30, 2020 By Jessica Hayes

A new exhibit opening at the Indiana State Museum focuses on addiction. The exhibit goes beyond the numbers, also looking at the science of addiction and spotlighting Hoosier battles. From opioids to social media, this exhibit addresses all range of addictions.