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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On Second Thought, “No Thanks”

In 30 seconds,  a woman describes how a decision to take opioid pain pills could forever change her life. (0:30 seconds)

Today’s Drugs: Opioids

Part of the Today's Drugs series, Kevin Hunter, Captain of the Vice & Narcotics Division at the Fort Wayne Police Department shares what we should all know about opioids.   (7:22 minutes)

Today’s Drugs: Addiction 101

Part of the Today’s Drugs series, Megan Fisher, MA, MHS, LCAC, LMHCA, CADAC IV, and a Director of Addiction Recovery Services at a large mental health center, shares what we should all know about addiction. (5:53 minutes)

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. (5:01 minutes)

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 […] (4:58 Minutes)

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. (4:32 minutes)

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. (5:22 minutes)

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 (8:16 Minutes)

Opioid Addiction and the Brain

Dr. Sayeh Beheshti, MD explains the biochemical mechanisms of opioid and heroin addiction. (17:35 minutes)

Young Hearts

WTHR in Randolph County, Indiana reports on teen heroin use. (6:52 minutes)

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)

Heroin Lives Here

A Northeast Indiana resident talks about his son’s addiction, and the prescription drugs that contributed to it. (5:28 minutes)

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 need […] (4:18 Minutes)

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. (29:53 minutes)

Heroin in the Heartland – Part 1

WLWT in Cincinnati uncovers the heartbreak of heroin addiction and how it affects newborns and teens. (29:53 minutes)

What is Addiction?

Provided by the Addiction Policy Forum, this short video provides a good animation to better understand addiction (substance use disorder) (4:11 Minutes)

Heroin and prescription pain medications are derived from the same plant, the poppy. These highly addictive drugs are in a class called opioids.

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.

In the past several years, the purity of street heroin has drastically increased, allowing it to be snorted instead of having to be injected.

The purity of heroin is never known to consumers. It can be cut with more potent drugs or diluted. This uncertainty drastically increases the chances of an overdose.

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.