The United States is in the middle of a crisis that is impacting our families and communities, with Indiana at the epicenter: opioid use disorder. This February, the Indiana State Museum plans to talk about it. A new exhibit that has been in the works for more than two years – “FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis” – will be at...Read More
Solving America’s painkiller paradox
This year, researchers uncovered a simple method for getting doctors to reduce profligate prescriptions of drugs like OxyContin and Percocet that have contributed to America’s opioid epidemic: informing doctors that one of their patients had died. In their study, which was published in Science in August, researchers sent a letter, through the...Read More
For the elderly, when is opioid prescription worth the risk?
Jordyn Hermani of the Indianapolis Star reports that in Indiana, less than 1 percent of Hoosiers age 65 and older — 115 of the 18,312 diagnosed opiate use disorder patients in 2017 — suffer from opiate use disorder. Addiction is defined by continuously taking an opioid for more than three months. While that number is smaller than among oth...Read More