IU addictions Grand Challenge announces next phase of projects at one-year anniversary of launch

Fifteen new projects have been awarded funding as part of phase two of IU’s Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge. Ranging from topics such as how opioid addictions are impacting the labor market to examinations of stigma and a study of how a more effective version of naloxone might be created, these projects represent the innovative, cross-disciplinary work that is the hallmark of IU’s grand challenge program. Responding to the Addictions Crisis – the third of the IU’s grand challenges – was announced in October of 2017. Sixteen projects were undertaken in phase one of the initiative, with many of them already reporting results as the university marks the completion of the first year of the Responding to the Addictions Crisis grand challenge.

IU Researchers Release New Report on Law and Policy Recommendations to Combat Opioid Crisis

Indiana University researchers have released a new report on innovations in opioid law and policy. The report is based on input of national experts in the opioid use crisis and provides updates on some recommendations made by the team in their March 2018 preliminary report. Examples of innovative interventions to respond to the opioid crisis are offered in the areas of criminalization; public health; treatment; and effectuating change.

Phase one projects of the Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenges initiative

Indiana University School of Nursing Dean and Distinguished Professor Robin Newhouse has announced the phase one projects of the Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenges initiative.

As part of IU's $50 million commitment to prevent, reduce and treat addictions in Indiana, initial pilot grants feature collaborative teams of faculty members, researchers, community organizations and cross-sector partners. Together, the projects will address all five focus areas of the statewide initiative: ground-level data collection and analysis; training and education; policy analysis and development; addictions science; and community and workforce development.

An unprecedented epidemic

Heroin and opioid prescriptions

  • Every two and a half hours, someone in Indiana is sent to the hospital for an opioid overdose.
  • In Indiana, there are enough bottles of painkillers in circulation for nearly every Hoosier to have their own.
  • The number of infants born addicted to opioids is increasing at an alarming rate, costing Indiana more than $64 million in 2014 alone.
  • Drug overdose deaths in Indiana cost the state more than $1.4 billion in medical costs and lifetime earnings losses in 2014.
  • Indiana is one of four states where the fatal drug overdose rate has quadrupled since 1999. Because of this rise, Hoosiers are now more likely to die from a drug overdose than a car accident.
  • If this dire trend continues, the opioid death toll in Indiana could top 15,000 in the next decade — more than the entire population of Brown County.

A grassroots approach

Our Grand Challenge initiative begins with a focus on understanding and responding to the needs of our communities. Alongside Governor Holcomb, IU Health and Eskenazi Health, we will unleash the full force of our statewide community partners at the grassroots level. Together we will implement actionable solutions that curb the crippling effects of addiction in Indiana.

A challenge that is this complex requires a comprehensive response. Together with our partners and community, we are responding with an integrated, multidisciplinary approach that can help us understand and address the factors that contribute to addiction.

Robin Newhouse, Dean of Indiana University’s School of Nursing and Executive Chair, Responding to the Addictions Crisis Steering Committee