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TODAY IS Wednesday May 24th
County Opiod Profiles
Tuesday May 16, 2017 5:11pm

By: Sheila McCrea

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has posted new online profiles that show the rising toll the national opioid epidemic is taking on Indiana’s counties. The profiles, which include data on opioid-related overdoses and infections related to drug use, aim to help communities better monitor trends and plan and evaluate intervention efforts.

State Health Commissioner Jerome M. Adams noted that “Governor Holcomb has made attacking Indiana’s drug epidemic one of the five pillars of his administration, and these profiles are an important way to better understand how opioids are impacting every corner of our state,”. In addition Adams “By knowing what’s happening in their counties, local health departments, hospitals, first responders, members of law enforcement and community organizations can better assess their needs and protect Hoosiers from the devastating effects of opioid abuse.

The profiles show a nearly 60 percent increase in non-fatal emergency department visits due to opioid overdoses from 2011 to 2015, while opioid-related deaths increased an average of 3.5 percent each year. The number of acute hepatitis C cases, which can indicate that injection drug use is occurring, increased by 67 percent, while soft tissue infections associated with drug use more than doubled in that period.

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