As an organization of physicians and other experts committed to providing care and preserving patients' health, ISMA is extremely concerned with the opioid epidemic's impact on Hoosiers. Prescriptions for opioid painkillers in Indiana have decreased, falling by approximately 10 percent in 2018. Even so, an increase in illegal and synthetic drug use means the fight is far from over.
From 2008 to 2016, opioid-related deaths rose from
291 per year to 785 per year.
A large increase in heroin-related overdose deaths occurred from 2012 to 2016 -
from 114 to 297 deaths.
The number of overdose fatalities from opioid drugs rose more than twentyfold from 2000 (36 deaths) to 2016 (785 deaths). Deaths related to synthetic opioids also increased in the same period,
from 43 to 304 deaths.
By educating physicians about best practices for treating patients at every intersection of the opioid epidemic, ISMA Online offers a free connection to better care. We're not just giving physicians the tools they need to provide the best patient care; we're also working to create a more empathetic health care environment, to improve outcomes now and in the future. Together, we can fight the opioid epidemic in Indiana.