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IU Leading The Fight To Curb Statewide Addiction Epidemic
Updated October 13, 2017 7:05 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana University's Grand Challenges Program is partnering with Governor Eric Holcomb and his administration to tackle Indiana's addiction crisis.

IU is committing to invest $50 million to collaborate with community partners to prevent and reduce addictions in Indiana.

Exhaustive research and reporting have detailed the scope of substance abuse in Indiana. The evidence is clear: addiction in Indiana is an urgent problem.

Hundreds of hospital visits a month. Ten fatal overdoses every week. Heroin and prescription opioids are wreaking havoc on Hoosier communities -- and it's only getting worse. Officials say the public can mitigate this epidemic by curbing the flow of opioids and helping addicts and their families get the treatment and support they desperately need.

A critical response to an escalating crisis

Facing mounting evidence of a growing addictions crisis, the Governor's office published a strategic plan, calling upon leaders from around our state to take up the mantle - starting at the community level. In response, Indiana University is launching a statewide effort as part of its Grand Challenges program.

To be implemented across IU's seven campuses and in partnership with Governor Eric J. Holcomb, state officials, IU Health and Eskenazi Health, this initiative will be one of the largest and most comprehensive state-based responses to the opioid addiction crisis, and the largest led by a university. The initiative will engage the full strength of IU's world-class faculty and its industry, non-profit and government partners to address addictions in Indiana.

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