It’s frustrating to see that despite all the efforts to stop drug addiction, the number of people who keeps and starts using it is still increasing. What is worse is the fact that the majority of crimes, not just in one country but globally, has drug addiction as the root cause. A lot of users also harm not only other people or themselves, but even their loved ones. With addiction, one problem creates another one, thus making it really challenging it put an end to it.
With such problem, Indianapolis has initiated a new statewide resource that puts drug addiction help in one location. As Indiana ranks 7th in the country for the highest drug use, hopefully, with this initiative, they would be able to save lives and bring a better future to everyone.
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana recently ranked seventh in the country for highest drug use. The new WalletHub study looked at a number of things including the number of teenagers using and selling drugs, the number of opioid prescriptions, drug arrests, treatment facilities and more.
And when you look at the numbers, despite the efforts we’ve seen in the past few years, the number of opioid related deaths continues to rise. In 2016, there were more than 1,500 drug overdose deaths in Indiana. Now, Addiction Policy Forum wants to offer a new resource to help people struggling with drug abuse and their families.
It’s been nearly five years since Aaron Phillips died from a drug overdose at 20 years old. His mother is still on the front lines making sure other families don’t have to endure the pain she still feels.
“Shame and stigma and denial, big barriers and I’m one to openly admit that those stood in the way of getting him help I could’ve possibly gotten him,” Justin Phillips said.
Justin says knowledge and resources could’ve helped save her son. So, she’s passing that on through her work with Addiction Policy Forum. The addiction non-profit has launched a confidential phone line manned by addiction counselors and an online portal with lifesaving resources.
“We often as families and caregivers and loved ones don’t know where to turn. We don’t have one real clear resource to help us weed through the options available for us for a loved one,” Justin said.