Similar to other states, Indiana has a chronic and pervasive problem when it comes to substance abuse, namely opioids. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), in 2016, there were more than 63,000 drug overdose deaths in America. Of those, more than 1,500 occurred in the state of Indiana. The study revealed that 794 of those overdose deaths were the result of misusing prescription-based opioids. One of the most common treatments used to help individuals overcome opioid addiction and ease severe withdrawal symptoms is medication-assisted detox, which often includes the use of Suboxone. However, the medication is only offered at comprehensive addiction treatment centers. And the state of Indiana only has 5 of these facilities, which is not enough to help the thousands who are struggling with opioid addiction.
UNDERSTANDING THE PRESCRIPTION OPIOID CRISIS IN INDIANA
According to the CDC, physicians in Indiana wrote nearly 6 million opioid prescriptions in 2015, which many believe continues to play a role in the state’s ongoing opioid crisis. As a result, Indiana has implemented new regulations requiring all physicians, including those in private and state-funded rehab facilities, to take part in an annual prescription drug abuse conference. During these conferences, physicians and addiction experts share their opinions on evidence-based treatments that can reduce the risk of opioid addiction while still managing chronic pain, such as non-opioid pain relievers, which are not as likely to be abused.
HOW THE INDIANA STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION IS HELPING TO CURTAIL OPIOID ADDICTION
Along with the annual prescription drug abuse conference, physicians may soon have access to an app that will provide them with the most up-to-date information on non-opioid pain management treatments. This app, which is still in development as of the writing of this article, is being funded by the Indiana State Medical Association, which recently received a grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation to help combat the state’s opioid crisis. Beyond that, Indiana recently passed SB 226, which is a relatively new law that restricts the number of opioid prescriptions a physician can write. That said, physicians in Indiana will only be able to write a 7-day supply for prescription pain relievers, particularly opioids, at any one time for those who are either under the age of 18 or those who have not taken prescription pain relievers before.
HOW NEW STATE REGULATIONS WILL SOON HELP MORE PEOPLE END THEIR ADDICTION TO OPIOIDS
While all of the regulations aimed at curtailing opioid addiction in Indiana are noteworthy, the passing of SB 33 will significantly change addiction recovery in the state. For those who may not be familiar with SB 33, also referred to as Senate Bill 33, it is a law that was passed to help increase the number of available comprehensive addiction treatment centers in Indiana. SB 33, along with grants from the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction, will make it possible to open 3 more addiction treatment centers that will offer a variety of prescription-based medications to help individuals overcome opioid addiction, including Suboxone.
SB 33 will also enable more Indiana rehab facilities to provide customized addiction recovery treatments that will better meet the needs of those in their care. In short, addiction recovery in Indiana will be on par with that of many other states in America, insomuch that individuals will have access to all FDA-approved medications commonly used to ease severe withdrawal symptoms. The bill also ensures that all Indiana residents struggling with opioids or other severe addictions will have access to the following:
- Relapse prevention classes
- Access to addiction support groups
- Access to counseling and recovery services
In addition to SB 33, the passing of the House Enrolled Act 1175 will also change how rehab facilities help individuals overcome addiction. Currently, licensed social workers, mental health counselors, and clinical addiction counselors must be supervised by a medical doctor before they can treat those who are struggling with addiction, which many find burdensome. As a result, many of Indiana’s rehab facilities are finding it difficult to both attract and keep qualified social workers, mental health counselors, and clinical addiction counselors. The House Enrolled Act 1175 aims to resolve this problem by eliminating the need for physician oversight.
Indiana has a significant problem when it comes to opioids; however, with the passing of several new laws, more individuals will be able to break the cycle of addiction. To learn more about any of the information detailed in this article or to start addiction recovery treatments, consider speaking with one of our friendly associates today at 833-762-3739.