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Marion County

County Background

On this page you will find county specific statistics, demographic characteristics, health outcomes, an interactive healthcare facility locator map, and opioid crisis information. Select the arrows at the bottom of each graph to view more county information. Scroll further down to view a summary of Marion county’s response plan, activities in progress, completed projects, and a list of local stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of the response plan to address overdose events.

Program Overview

Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) will continue to utilize, and further enhance, ESSENCE alert overdose queries developed to assess overdose events in community and hospital facilities. In the event of an opioid emergency, the MCPHD’s Epidemiology Department and Substance Use Outreach Services (SUOS) Program will respond by notifying MCPHD’s Emergency Preparedness Department; Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD); Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS); Project POINT (Planned Outreach, Intervention, Naloxone, and Treatment), a SAMHSA and U.S. Department of Justice-funded initiative at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital; and other alert partners via phone or email contact, where appropriate.

In the event of a significant opiate emergency in a specific neighborhood(s), SUOS will schedule a community forum and layresponder naloxone training in that neighborhood to provide epidemiology data regarding the overdose event, as well as updated reports from SUOS community partners, including IMPD Community Engagement Center, neighborhood association groups, school administrators, and if appropriate, church leaders. The community forum will take place in addition to community forums that will be held monthly in high risk neighborhoods.

Program Objectives & Goals

This project aims to implement overdose response protocol and integrate into existing emergency framework and increase Marion County Preparedness to an Opioid Emergency by utilizing ESSENCE alert overdose queries to assess overdose events in the community. This will lead to increased overdose understanding in high risk neighborhoods, increased number of communication and collaboration conversations with community partners, community forums, and lay responder trainings in highly affected neighborhoods.


The project activities are as follows: Conduct daily ED overdose surveillance Utilize to assess overdose events in the community. Notify collaborative partners in the event of the opioid emergency. Use public service announcements in local newspaper, radio, and MCPHD’s website to inform public on the opioid situation in Marion County. Conduct educational community forums and naloxone trainings in neighborhoods and youth organizations. Conduct tabletop exercises to determine success and barriers to the proposed overdose response plan.

Overdose Response Plan

Work in progress


Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS)

Eskenazi Hospital ED

Project POINT (Planned Outreach, Intervention, Naloxone, and Treatment)

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD)

Marion County Sheriff's Office

Marion County Community Corrections

Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD)

Midtown Community Mental Health