Addiction, it hits hard, it hits fast, and sometimes we don’t even see it coming. Often sparked from a tragic occurrence or horrific loss, substance use is without a doubt the most slippery of slopes. This is especially true when they are used in an effort to cope with said trauma as an escape from reality.
Regardless of how it all began, the more these substances are used, the more of a tolerance the body builds toward them. This means that it requires more of that substance to get the same level of high or drunkenness with each use. In other words, it may have only taken two shots to get drunk at first, but now it takes seven.
The build-up of a tolerance is how the line between using and overdose gets thinner and thinner, making every single occurrence of use that much more dangerous. An overdose is described as an excessive and dangerous amount of a drug in the body. In the past few years, Indianapolis has seen an incline in drug overdoses, especially via Heroin.
According to the Indiana State Department of Health, overdose fatalities have risen to 16 deaths per 100,000 residents from 2011-2013. This puts the state and its capital at the 15th highest of drug, rising from the 20th spot in 2009.
Recently, Indianapolis received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control in order to help combat overdose deaths related to prescription and illegal narcotics.
“This funding will help us gather data to inform strategies on how to prevent opioid overdoses,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams in regards to the CDC’s grant.
In 2015 it was found that young adults were the primary victim of overdose from heroin and pain killers. The city’s overdose rate was so high that surpassed the casualties of car accidents.
The good news is that the city is continually working on new ways to try and help its residents. The unfortunate truth is how many of these overdoses came to be. The leading news center in Indiana, WTHR, wrote several articles regarding the transfer of one addiction to another. In some cases, young adults were admitted for Heroin addiction, and during their treatment became addicted to methadone.
With these cases came questions regarding the effectiveness of methadone clinics in general. This debate sparked more controversy as the state of Indiana lifted its ban on new methadone clinics for the first time in 8 eight years.
Indianapolis has tried to double its efforts by hosting an array of medical detox facilities, dual diagnosis centers, family treatment programs, rehab centers, and much more. There are even Christian based, gender based, pain based, and LGBT based treatment programs that exist in order to help as many people as possible.
The city even created a registry that can connect those who are combating addiction with those who can dispense immediate, potentially life-saving antidotes for opioid overdoses. The Overdose Prevention Therapy-Indiana registry helps non-profit organizations, pharmacies, treatment and correctional facilities register as providers of Naloxone. The registry provides training on the use of this antidote, as well as provide options for addiction treatment.