Opioid dependence – in the form of prescription pain medications, methadone, opium and heroin – is a growing problem that affects people of all ages and backgrounds. It's time to stop the epidemic.

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Opioid Addiction and the Brain

Dr. Sayeh Beheshti, MD explains the biochemical mechanisms of opioid and heroin addiction.

Heroin Lives Here

A Northeast Indiana resident talks about his son's addiction, and the prescription drugs that contributed to it.

A Personal Story: Painkiller Addiction

Katie Couric reports on painkiller addiction, and shares one woman's personal story. An addiction which began with surgery. (10:15 minutes)

Young Hearts

WTHR in Randolph County, Indiana reports on teen heroin use.

Heroin in the Heartland – Part 1

WLWT in Cincinnati uncovers the heartbreak of heroin addiction and how it affects newborns and teens.

Heroin in the Heartland – Part 2

WLWT in Cincinnati discusses the epidemic of opiate addiction, and what law enforcement is doing to address the problem.

State Health Commissioner Talks About Opioid Epidemic in Indiana

Dr. Jerome Adams, Indiana Health Commissioner, talks about what Hoosiers can do to prevent overdose deaths.

Attention Parents: Common Hiding Places for Drugs

Captain Kevin Hunter, Vice and Narcotics Division, Fort Wayne Police Department, guides parents on areas to look in their child's bedroom.

Mom Shares Story of Son’s Path from Young Athlete to Addict

This is a personal story about a golf professional who inadvertently became addicted to prescription opiate medication.

Criminal Court Judge: “We can’t arrest our way out of this!”

A criminal court judge's perspective of the opiate crisis:  "We can't arrest our way out of this!"   This Allen County judge talks about the...

How to Administer Naloxone (Narcan) for Opioid Overdose

Naloxone can be obtained from a participating pharmacy without having to see a doctor, and could be life-saving in the event of an overdose.

Time to Change Our Thought Process about Addiction

Dr. Gregory Eigner and Dick Boggess, a licensed clinical addictions counselor, share their thoughts about addiction, including the changes needed in opioid prescribing habits for...

Eighty percent of opiate painkillers produced in the world are consumed by Americans.

Fifty-two million people in the U.S. have used prescription drugs nonmedically.

Every hour in the U.S., a baby is born with symptoms of opiate withdrawal.

Heroin users are at an increased risk for Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS

Heroin was developed in 1898, as a supposed "less potent" substitute for opium.

Opium, heroin and methadone are all highly addictive opiates.

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