The Bartholomew County Adult Drug Recovery Court is the newest of the county’s three-problem solving courts, designed to help and provide skills to high risk and high need nonviolent criminal offenders who have Substance Use Disorder.
While the new court has been in existence for three months, the benefits of having the new court may not become apparent for three to five years, said Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Kelly Benjamin, who supervises the new court.
They moved walls, rewired, removed a gigantic brick safe and built a bridge in the floor — and soon the work of hundreds of volunteers and contractors will be finished with the opening of the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress Hub.
The Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress will deliver a Community Progress Report at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at The Commons in downtown Columbus.
“Since our last report to the community, a great deal of progress has been made,” said Doug Leonard, ASAP executive director. “The time is right to share that progress, as well as discuss plans moving forward.”
Many of the communities most affected by drug addiction and overdose death are low income, rural parts of the country. Often, economic opportunities are more limited in these areas, and social isolation is worse. There are also fewer resources for substance abuse treatment. In nearly every state, there is a county where residents die of drug overdoses at a higher annual rate than the national figure of 18.2 fatalities per 100,000 Americans.
Minister Phil Murray knows addiction’s ferocious hold and hell.
That memory of what he fought years ago with a cocaine habit still shakes him — and keeps him wide-eyed and eager to reach out to others in the same struggle. So he’ll be among organizers of a free event called Fresh Start slated from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at Ninth Street Park, 1023 Ninth St. in Columbus.
The gathering is just one part of Faith, Hope and Love Church of God In Christ’s multifaceted approach to helping fight the local drug problem. The Christian church launched a jail ministry last year, among other efforts.
“We just wanted to do something about the drug and alcohol problem,” said the Rev. Mike Harris, the church’s longtime pastor.
Indiana, which has been ravaged by the opioid crisis, has seen big growth in addiction treatment. Currently, 165 providers are certified to operate outpatient addiction treatment services across the state—up 67% from 2009, according to the Division of Mental Health and Addiction, a unit of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.
It can happen to anyone – anytime. We are all just one accident away from becoming addicted to painkillers – opioids. Opioid addiction usually starts innocently. Someone is injured, the physician writes them a prescription, they use the medication and the cycle begins. One prescription becomes another and one day you realize you must have the drug to fight the pain and more important, to satisfy the cravings for that “feeling” the drug gives you.
The president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] says that there is substantial research showing that addiction to alcohol and prescription and illicit among senior citizens has gone unnoticed for too long.
A report published Friday in JAMA Network Open examined opioid prescriptions among more than 300,000 women who gave birth between 2008 and 2016. Nearly half were given an opioid prescription shortly before or after giving birth. Among the women who filled the prescriptions, about 2% showed signs of “persistent” opioid use, defined as two subsequent refills within one year after the delivery.
An Associated Press analysis of drug distribution data released as a result of lawsuits against the industry also found that the amount of opioids as measured by total potency continued to rise early this decade even as the number of pills distributed began to dip.
The reason: Doctors were prescribing — and the industry was supplying — stronger pills.