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.

11 people overdose in a 24-hour period in Tippecanoe County

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There’s a drug crisis in Tippecanoe County and it's not just opiates.Read more

IU Health addiction recovery program lets former addicts help their peers

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It's a novel approach to an ever-increasing problem - former addicts helping addicts.Read more

Indiana gets $8.4M from feds to fight opioid epidemic

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A federal agency has awarded Indiana $8.4 million to help fight the opioid epidemic by boosting access to substance abuse treatment and mental health services.Read more

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


Indiana gets $8.4M from feds to fight opioid epidemic

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Indiana $8.4 million to help fight the opioid epidemicRead more

Cities now see more overdose deaths than rural areas

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U.S. drug overdose deaths, which have been concentrated in Appalachia and other rural areas for more than a dozen years, are back to being most common in big cities...Read more

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

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