Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress


We need to change the words we use when we talk about opioid epidemic

January 15, 2020 By Joneigh Khaldun

Today, in the midst of an opioid epidemic that has killed more Americans than the Vietnam War, stigma around addiction remains one of the biggest barriers to saving lives. Stigma means a sense of shame or judgment, and it is pervasive for individuals struggling with substance use disorders. Too often, addiction is considered a failing of morals, will power or personal responsibility.


Problem-solving courts address issues underlying criminal acts, says Indiana’s chief justice

January 15, 2020 By Haley Pritchett

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush told lawmakers Wednesday how problem-solving courts are addressing the underlying problems of drug addictions and mental illnesses that lead to many crimes.

“These courts work because judges get out from behind the bench, convene community partners, and truly connect with those standing before them in desperate need of a new path,” Rush said as she addressed lawmakers in the Indiana House Chamber at her sixth State of the Judiciary Address.


Bridging gaps: ASAP hopes to see recovery housing locally this year

January 11, 2020 By Andy East

Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress leaders are hoping to address a significant gap in Bartholomew County’s ability to help people overcome substance use disorder –- a gap in available recovery housing.


Obamacare May Have Prevented Many Opioid-Related Deaths

January 10, 2020 By Amy Norton

Researchers found that in U.S. states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, fatal opioid overdoses dipped by 6%, compared to states that opted out. That included an 11% lower death rate from heroin overdoses, and a 10% lower rate from synthetic opioids, like illicitly made fentanyl.


Helping inmates: New jail addiction treatment coordinator screening

January 9, 2020 By Mark Webber

From group counseling, to counseling individual inmates and finding ways to assist them, the job of the program coordinator also entails developing a variety of ways of helping offenders, Patton said.


25% of rural Americans say opioid addiction is most serious problem in their community

January 9, 2020 By Gabrielle Masson

A recent survey found that opioid or other drug abuse was one of the most serious problems in rural communities, according to a study published Jan. 8 in JAMA Network Open.


After opioid overdose, poor teens rarely get addiction treatment

January 9, 2020 By Lisa Rapaport

Less than one third of teens and young adults who overdose on opioids receive addiction treatment afterward, and the few who do get help receive counseling instead of medication to combat substance misuse, a U.S. study suggests.


Treating stigma to prevent opioid overdose deaths

January 7, 2020 By Mary T. Bassett and Chad Brummett

Stigma has greatly limited treatment options for people living with opioid use disorder. Methadone treatment, for example, is often referred to by those in recovery as “liquid handcuffs” due to the daily, in-person check-ins required for treatment. Other methods of treatment, like buprenorphine, can only be prescribed by a growing, but limited, number of health care providers due to the requirement of a full day course and a special waiver process. Stigma of addiction and myths about buprenorphine have created a barrier to engaging primary care physicians in addressing our greatest public health problem.


Teen drinking, drug use tied to other risky behaviors

January 7, 2020 By Lisa Rapaport

Teens who binge drink or abuse prescription opioids may be more likely to engage in other risky behaviors, too, two new studies suggest.


Will this smart phone app keep kids from using drugs? Lexington will find out.

January 6, 2020 By Beth Musgrave

“Teaching young people about the dangers of addiction, opioids and prescription drugs better equips them to handle situations, helps arm them with useful tools and hopefully deters them from use of illicit or non-prescribed drugs,” Mayor Linda Gorton said.