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Prevention for a healthy Indiana

The Indiana Department of Insurance provides information that may help you take advantage of prevention and treatment resources offered through health insurance.

Click here for more information.

Reverse Overdoses with Naloxone

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan®, is a non-narcotic that can reverse opioid overdoses.

On May 18, 2020, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the state will fund a nearly $1 million distribution of the opioid reversal agent naloxone to ensure the medication reaches Hoosiers who are at-risk of overdose. Funds were made available by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s State Opioid Response Grant.

Overdose Lifeline, Inc., an Indiana nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals, families and communities affected by substance use disorder through advocacy, education, harm reduction, prevention, resources and support, will distribute 25,000 doses of naloxone to first responders, families, friends and others who are likely to be the first on the scene if someone overdoses. The organization has been on the front lines of the opioid epidemic since 2014.

First responders, families, caregivers and other individuals who would like to receive a supply of naloxone can register online at www.overdoselifeline.org/2020-indiana-naloxone-request.

Naloxone is available all around the state. You do not need a prescription to obtain it. Find your nearest Naloxone provider at optin.in.gov.

If you administer Naloxone, call 911 and report the situation.

What is an LCC?

Each county in Indiana has a Local Coordinating Council (LCC), which is the planning and coordinating body for addressing alcohol and other drug problems. LCC members include volunteers from a variety of organizations including education, treatment, social services, and local police.

Want to get involved? Contact your county LCC to see how you can help fight the epidemic in your community.

Resources for Prevention Efforts

Promoting mental health plays a big role in preventing substance abuse. Here are some resources for positive prevention efforts.

Safely prescribing and administering prescription opioids.

According to the CDC, “Improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose from these drugs.”

Please refer to Indiana's Opioid Prescribing Guidelines and Final Rule to learn the proper procedures and best practices for prescribing opioid medications.

Also, visit the American Hospital Association's Opioid Toolkit to learn more about how to address the epidemic.

Parents play an important role in preventing opioid misuse and abuse.

It’s critically important to educate your children on the dangers of prescription opioids.

Monitor their use of opioids if they have been prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner.

Make your prescription opioids inaccessible by following the safe storage and disposal guidelines below.

Most importantly, don’t fall into the myth that “it can’t happen to MY child.”

Safe storage & disposal of opioids and other prescription medications

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any of the medicine you have been prescribed has the potential for abuse.

Keep medicine out of the reach of children. Lock up any medicine that is at risk for being abused in a cabinet, drawer, or medicine safe.

Always store medicine in its original container — the label on the bottle provides important information about the medicine.

Don’t share prescription medicine. A medicine that works for one person may cause harm — even death — to someone else, even if symptoms are similar.

Take-Back Opportunities and disposing of unneeded medications

The state of Indiana provides take-back days. Guidance is also available to consumers on how to properly dispose of unneeded medications.

Click here to use the DEA's drug take back location search tool.

Click here to use the Drug Disposal Locator Tool provided by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

Click here for more information regarding drug disposal options. Pharmacies, including Walgreens and CVS, provide kiosks for drug disposal at select locations.

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