Community’s embrace of curbing addiction heartening

March 5, 2019 By Editorial Staff

It’s heartening to see the breadth of organizations trying to make a difference, and new substance abuse prevention efforts receive a boost as part of the overall community effort to curb addiction.


Unwise and unnecessary: Opioids for wisdom teeth extractions

March 3, 2019 By Ronnie Cohen

A few days before extracting my teenager’s wisdom teeth, an oral surgeon wrote him a prescription for painkillers. My son filled it but never felt a need for anything stronger than ibuprofen. Three years later, I found an unopened bottle of Percocet — an opioid — in the back of a bathroom cabinet.

I had no idea a dentist had prescribed my then 19-year-old the highly addictive pills.


Adult Drug Recovery court likely will begin in May

March 1, 2019 By Mark Webber

The Columbus City Council and Bartholomew County Council have approved splitting the $92,603 cost to fund a part-time family law magistrate, special drug court prosecutor, public defender and other operating costs.

With a goal of reuniting families and repairing lives, problem-solving drug courts create a team focused on rebuilding lives so individuals can re-enter the community rather than continue a cycle of repeated arrests and jail time, according to Bartholomew Circuit Judge Kelly Benjamin, who will be overseeing the court.


How opioid addiction took over my mother’s life

February 28, 2019 By Tina Sfondeles

High on a combination of Norco and Fentanyl, prescribed by a pain clinic, my mother began to throw dishes onto the kitchen floor.

It was inexplicable. And the only way to stop the madness was to call 911.


More Workers to Wage War Against Opioid Epidemic

February 28, 2019 By Kylie Veleta

Hoosiers in the grip of substance use disorder—especially related to opioids—have faced a shortage of professionals they can turn to for help, but a new project aims to produce more dually licensed clinical social workers specifically trained to battle Indiana’s opioid epidemic. The state’s talent and workforce development initiative Ascend Indiana is one of the partners leading the project—the latest in a series that identifies workforce shortages in Indiana’s life sciences sector and produces the talent to fill the gaps.


Top Doctor Details Opioid Addiction, Going To Rehab

February 28, 2019 By Maggie Ethridge

As a top anesthesiologist in Georgia, “Alison” had accepted a job as the medical director of the anesthesiology department and was the most-requested anesthesiologist by both patients and surgeons. Her addiction almost cost her that position.


Bill to help address opioid epidemic passes Indiana Senate

February 27, 2019 By Staff Reports

A bill authored by Republican state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising that would help address the opioid epidemic facing Indiana passed the Senate unanimously.

Senate Bill 133 would require a pharmacist who dispenses prescription drugs that contain or are derived from opium to list on the label that the drug is an opioid.


Chris Cornell’s Wife Speaks to Congress About Opioid Crisis … ‘Chris’s Death Was Not Inevitable’

February 26, 2019 By Staff Reports

Chris Cornell’s widow is speaking out about the opioid crisis in America and sharing her firsthand knowledge about the impact addiction has on families.

Vicky Cornell was on Capitol Hill Monday to share her personal story of her husband’s tragic death. “We must integrate addiction treatment into our health care system — no more false narratives about the need to hit rock bottom, no more secret societies, no more shame — we must educate health care providers on how to treat addiction and best support recovery.”


Here’s How One Small Town Beat The Opioid Epidemic

February 25, 2019 By Dan Vergano

Little Falls, Minnesota didn’t do anything revolutionary. They just spent real money — at least $1.4 million in state grants since 2014 — on basic public health measures: limiting prescription refills, increasing access to addiction medications, and putting drug users in treatment programs instead of jail.

In other words, they began treating addiction as a disease instead of a crime.


Too Often, Opioid Abuse Runs in the Family, Study Shows

February 25, 2019 By Amy Norton

When parents abuse prescription painkillers, their teenagers may follow their example, a new study finds.

The study of thousands of U.S. teenagers found that kids were 30 percent more likely to abuse prescription opioids if one of their parents had.