Indiana Drug Overdose Deaths Have Quadrupled
Indiana is one of the leading states for drug overdose deaths, according to a new report that shows drug overdoses across the state have quadrupled over the past ten years.
According to Trust for America’s Health, the Hoosier state ranks in the top five states for fatalities as the result of drug overdose. Contributing to this alarming statistic is Indiana’s failure to include Medicaid expansions covering substance abuse, dropping the ball on education requirements for physicians and various legislation pertaining to individuals who report drug overdoses.
What is truly frightening is the fact that people are not necessarily checking into the morgue because of street drugs like cocaine and heroin. The majority of overdose deaths in Indiana are caused from abusing prescription medications like Hydrocodone, Oxycontin and other narcotic painkillers.
BitterPill.In.gov says a person dies every 25 minutes from a prescription drug overdose.