Watch or listen to the documentary Finding the Fix: Heroin's Hold on the Heartland 8 p.m. Thursday night on WTIU and WFIU.
Last week, officers in Columbus responded to nine heroin overdoses within a few days.
Even though state-approved syringe exchange programs were made legal last year, the state doesn’t offer assistance to those programs.
The arrests appear to be tied to a rash of overdoses in the greater-Cincinnati area at the end of August, when more than 175 people overdosed on heroin.
A potential alert system would quickly distribute information across state lines about new drug dangers as they happen.
Dealers sometimes cut heroin with synthetic opioids, which are cheaper and faster to get out on the streets. They're also much more potent than heroin.
Tobacco use costs taxpayers, healthcare providers and employers $6.8 billion each year. The cost for opioid overdose deaths was $1.4 billion in 2014.
This week on Noon Edition we’ll talk to local experts about these studies and the current state of brain research in Indiana and around the country.
The funds will increase education and training in the overdose-intervention drug naloxone for first responders and lay providers.
Community members will be able to go to the local health department to get training on how to administer naloxone and receive a free dose.