Indiana Addicted

Indiana Addicted

Indiana is in the middle of a deadly crisis fueled by opioid drugs. It’s tearing families apart and devastating communities across the state.

The numbers are staggering. More Hoosiers die from drug overdoses each year than from traffic accidents.

Nationwide, one person dies about every 16 minutes from an opioid overdose. In Indiana, roughly one in every 20 people admit to misusing prescription opioid pain killers.

That means you likely know someone dealing with addiction – in your family, among your friends, at your work, in your church or around your neighborhood.

WTHR is committed to bringing awareness to the problem and sharing how Hoosiers are searching for solutions. With our “Indiana Addicted” series we will share stories that take you inside the epidemic, show you the impact on families and communities and show are Hoosiers are responding.

Share your story with us by emailing newsdesk@wthr.com or get help at in.gov/recovery.

Report: Indiana opioid prescriptions fell by 35% since 2013

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A national report says opioid prescriptions in Indiana have decreased by 35.1 percent over five years.Read more

Feds awards Indiana $1.2M for opioid response in rural areas

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A federal agency has awarded Indiana $1.2 million to further the state's efforts to fight the opioid epidemic in rural areas.Read more

News attorneys: Opioid distribution data should be public

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Attorneys for news organizations argued Thursday that the U.S. public should be allowed to see federal data about how prescription opioids were distributed as the nation...Read more

Data Map Courtesy of Indiana Next Level Recovery / IN.gov/recovery


Marion County launches needle exchange program

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For the first time, there's a "needle exchange" program in Marion County. Read more

Overdose deaths declined in northwestern Indiana last year

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Drug overdose deaths declined last year in northwestern Indiana after setting a record in 2017.Read more

New opioid addiction clinic pairs medication with spirituality

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A new clinic for opioid addiction is bringing a new focus on faith to help heal.Read more

Indiana Walgreens to install steel safes to lock up opioids

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Walgreen's stores in Indiana are taking steps to keep pill thieves at bay.Read more

Greenfield woman sentenced to 12 years for giving teen fentanyl

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A Hancock County woman will spend more than a decade behind bars for allegedly giving a teenager a powerful drug that led to his death.Read more

Fentanyl becomes most common overdose killer

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According to the study fentanyl, heroin, hydrocodone and methadone were the most common drugs involved in overdose deaths between 2011 and 2016.Read more


Indiana jails react to growth in female inmate population

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Two Indiana jails facing surges in female inmate populations from the opioid abuse crisis have implemented special classes and programs in response to the jails'...Read more

Reports: Opioids, tobacco caused 14 thousand Indiana deaths in 2017

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Opioids and tobacco claimed the lives of 14,200 Indiana residents last year, costing the state $12.6 billion.Read more