How One Indiana Hospital Drastically Cut Opioid Prescriptions

As the opioid epidemic continues, hospitals are looking for new ways to treat pain and combat addiction. At Indiana University Health, which has 16 hospitals across the state, that means change. They’re cutting back on opioid prescriptions and giving more advice to patients.

In January 2017, IU Health officials began monitoring when, where, and by whom every opioid was prescribed. More »

FDA proposes tighter opioid rules that would make new drugs less addictive

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to tighten the rules for opioid manufacturers by requiring new drugs to be less addictive.

Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless withdrew the agency's previous guidance Thursday, laying out a tougher new regulatory framework for evaluating applications for new opioids coming to the U.S. market. Under the proposal, drugmakers would have to say whether their drug has "any characteristics that would mitigate the risks of overdose, abuse or the development of addiction." More »

Prevention Insights partners with Franciscan Alliance to improve opioid addiction treatment

Public health researchers at Indiana University have partnered with Franciscan Alliance to improve opioid addiction treatment at hospitals in Marion and Lake counties.

Experts at Prevention Insights, an addiction research center based at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, will work with clinicians and administrators at Franciscan Alliance to support, expand and evaluate Franciscan's use of medication-assisted treatment strategies for patients with opioid use disorder.   More »

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Senate Enrolled Act 33

The 2019 Indiana General Assembly adjourned Sine Die on April 24, 2019. A great deal was accomplished legislatively in the behavioral health arena, creating just a first step as we now move into administrative implementation.

MHAI and IAIC have been strong advocates for treatment and recovery for those addicted to opioids and compliments Indiana policy makers for their strong work in this area. Unfortunately, much of Indiana's approach to treatment remains piecemeal or siloed. Sadly, the treatment patients receive is often determined more by the door they enter for treatment, rather than their clinical need. Patients with opioid use disorder require all the tools in the toolbox to ensure the best possible outcomes. Senate Enrolled Act 33 passed was a top MHAI priority and would help rectify this.   More »