News at IU, October 10, 2018 An Indiana public health conference focused on harm reduction that aims to help people who use drugs stay safe and stay alive is expected to draw…
The conference, sponsored by Indiana University’s Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge, provides an opportunity for people from diverse perspectives to work together to achieve a shared goal of addressing Indiana’s most pressing public health issues.
"Event Provides Overdose Reversal Drug, Training," Jill Sheridan, Indiana Public Media, September 28 2018. The public had an opportunity to learn to administer the overdose reversal drug naloxone in Indianapolis. The event…
Responding to the Addictions Crisis brings together Indiana University’s world-class faculty, as well as its business, nonprofit and government partners to create a comprehensive plan to reduce deaths from addiction, ease the burden of addiction on Hoosier communities, and improve health and economic outcomes. As part of IU’s Grand Challenges program, this collaborative, statewide initiative is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive university-led response to the opioid addiction crisis.
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“We learn in nonviolent communication to listen at a different level and clarify what we’re kind of observiing and how we are affected with our emotions in what we’re observing,” Phillips says. “So that we’re not speaking from an emotional space but rather a compassionate space.”
An Indiana University-led partnership is bringing training sessions to Indianapolis this week on how to administer a medication that can reverse potentially fatal overdoses from opioid painkillers and heroin.
In looking at opioid overdose deaths, Vigo County experienced 16 in 2014 and 15 opioid OD deaths in 2015, but then saw an alarming increase to 26 deaths in both 2016 and 26 in 2017.
Laura Widman, a researcher at N.C. State University, presented the plan “This is (Not) About Drugs,” an education program by Indiana-based Overdose Lifeline Inc., a nonprofit that focuses on people and communities affected by addiction.
Volunteers from Overdose Lifeline will lead both educational and emotional support sessions. Zehr says his parish, Carmel Christian Church, is the first PAL group in Hamilton County and others are considering similar programs. He says the opioid crisis is everyone’s issue.