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. Learn more »


Fentanyl Test Strips Fact Sheet

"Drug checking" is a form of harm reduction in which illicit drugs or illegally obtained prescription pills are chemically analyzed to determine the composition of the substance or the presence of an adulterant. One form of drug checking is the distribution and use of fentanyl test strips (FTS), which are disposable, single-use tests that can detect the presence of fentanyl or fentanyl analogs in a substance. Learn more »


Commissioners support continuing Wayne County's syringe program

A resolution extending the program through June 30, 2023, will be drafted, and commissioners will then vote on that resolution. The state legislature extended the law permitting syringe exchanges to 2026; however, counties may only renew for a maximum of two years. Learn more »


Southern Indiana needle exchange program that helped curb HIV outbreak to be shut down

In front of a packed meeting room with community members spilling out into the adjoining hallway, Scott County commissioners voted 2-1 to end the Syringe Service Program (SSP) by Jan. 1, 2022, although they said that date is flexible. However, advocates for the program — including public health experts and people who spoke firsthand about how it helped them overcome addiction — worried that the vote was taken without an alternative for recovery care in place. Learn more »


Grant Opportunity Announcement - June 2021

The Indiana Department of Health's (IDOH's) Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention has been awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase comprehensiveness and timeliness of drug overdose surveillance data; make the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program more user-friendly; work with health systems, insurers, and communities to improve opioid prescribing; and build state and local capacity for public health programs related to substance use disorder. As part of these efforts, the Indiana Department of Health is implementing the Indiana Communities Advancing Recovery Efforts (IN CAREs) Enhancing Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO). Learn more »


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 »


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 »


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 »