Indiana county notorious for HIV outbreak may close syringe exchange (statnews.com)

Years ago, a syringe exchange helped end a devastating HIV outbreak. Now it might be forced to close. The Indiana county at the center of a devastating HIV crisis in 2015 may soon close the syringe exchange program widely credited with helping to end its outbreak. Learn more »


Save Scott County SSP: Healthcare Professionals Letter of Support

The Scott County, Indiana commissioners are moving to close our syringe services program (SSP). As you remember, Scott County was the site of the unprecedented 2015 HIV outbreak. We fought to be able to open the SSP to not only stop the transmission of HIV and other infectious diseases, but also offer access to life affirming services to highly stigmatized people living desperate lives. It was so successful that it's become a national model. Below is a link to a letter from healthcare professionals, researchers, and experts asking the commissioners to keep the SSP open. If this describes you, or your organization, will you please sign it and then distribute the link and invitation to as many people and organizations as possible requesting them to sign on as well? If you and your organization are not in the healthcare or harm reduction field, you can still help by distributing this urgent request to as many people and organization as you can.
Please, help by signing this letter today and passing it on to as many people and organizations as possible. Sign this letter »


HHS Releases New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines, Expanding Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

In an effort to get evidenced-based treatment to more Americans with opioid use disorder, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing new buprenorphine practice guidelines that among other things, remove a longtime requirement tied to training, which some practitioners have cited as a barrier to treating more people. Learn more »


Kicking the Stigma

Join us May 3-6 as we kick off national Mental Health Awareness Month with a four-day virtual fundraiser to support "Kicking The Stigma", an Irsay family initiative to raise awareness about mental health disorders and to remove the shame and stigma too often associated with these illnesses. Funds raised will go towards a new Kicking The Stigma Action Fund, which will support expanded programming by Mental Health America Indiana, NAMI Greater Indianapolis, Project Healthy Minds and Bring Change to Mind. The fund also will provide grants to other Indiana-based nonprofits working in education, support and advocacy of mental health. Learn more »


Federal Grantees May Now Use Funds to Purchase Fentanyl Test Strips

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced today that federal funding may now be used to purchase rapid fentanyl test strips (FTS) in an effort to help curb the dramatic spike in drug overdose deaths largely driven by the use of strong synthetic opioids, including illicitly manufactured fentanyl. Learn more »


The Biden-Harris Administration's Statement of Drug Policy Priorities for Year One

President Biden has made clear that addressing the overdose and addiction epidemic is an urgent priority for his administration. In March, the President signed into law the American Rescue Plan, which appropriated nearly $4 billion to enable the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Health Resources and Services Administration to expand access to vital behavioral health services. President Biden has also said that people should not be incarcerated for drug use but should be offered treatment instead. The President has also emphasized the need to eradicate racial, gender, and economic inequities that currently exist in the criminal justice system. Learn more »


Initial evaluation of a peer recovery coach program in a large hospital system

In this initial evaluation of a peer recovery coach program in a large hospital system, researchers compared how individuals fared clinically in the 6 months before and after meeting with a recovery coach. Learn more »


IU study finds unintended consequences of state, opioid policies

A recent study from Indiana University found the policies may have had the unintended consequence of motivating those with opioid use disorders to switch to alternative illicit substances, leading to higher overdose mortality. Learn more »


IAPRSS: Valuable Resource for Peer Recovery Supports

IAPRSS provides access and structure to the ever-growing continuing education of peer recovery support professionals. These benefits are open to all peer recovery supports. More »