Indiana State Museum: From Crisis To Resolution: Shifting Our Focus

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The United States is in the middle of a crisis that’s impacting Hoosier families and communities: opioid use disorder and the Indiana State Museum invites you to talk about it.

In a powerful new exhibit — FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis — the Indiana State Museum is committed to finding ways for Indiana communities to come together to shift the conversation and break the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder. Together, we can remove the shame and isolation surrounding this disease, and show how all of us can play a pivotal role in managing this devastating crisis.

Opening Feb. 1, FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis invites you to unravel the crisis one step at a time, including the science and biology behind opioid use disorder, our nation’s history with other health crises, personal stories from impacted people and communities, and the various roads to recovery. Using a mix of science, multimedia, hands-on activities and interactive artwork, the exhibit sheds light on the nature of addiction, how we got here and what we can all do to help change the course we’re on, moving our state from crisis to resolution.

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Overcoming Stigma: IU Naloxone Training and Panel Discussion

On opening day, Feb. 1, from 1 – 2 p.m., hear from local experts and people in recovery on ways we as a community can end the stigmatization of substance use disorder. The panel discussion will be followed by a naloxone training and kit distribution by the nonprofit organization Overdose Lifeline. Naloxone is an FDA-approved medication that is administered in an emergency to counter the effects of an opioid overdose.

The panel discussion and training are free to the public. Admission is required to tour the exhibit. Please reserve your place by clicking below. 

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Discussion panelists include:

Brandon George, executive director, Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition
Robin Newhouse, dean and distinguished professor, Indiana University School of NursingBrea Perry, professor of sociology, Indiana University
Justin Phillips, executive director and founder, Overdose Lifeline
Panel moderator: Fred Cate, vice president for research, distinguished professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law, Indiana University


Courageous Conversations: Creativity as a Tool for Recovery and Wellness
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library
Feb. 13
6:30 – 8 p.m.Courageous Conversations: Reducing Stigma
Indiana State Museum
Feb. 27
6 – 8 p.m.Courageous Conversations with Otto Schalk
Corydon Capitol State Historic Site
March 4
7 – 8 p.m.
“Love Over Dose” by Young Actors Theatre
Indiana State Museum
April 4
1 – 2 p.m.Courageous Conversations: Hoosier Heartache and Hope
Vincennes State Historic Site
April 11
7 – 9 p.m.

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