Physician Resource Center
ISMA is uniquely positioned to take the lead in educating Indiana physicians about opioid prescribing and addiction. It is the largest physician organization in Indiana advocating for the well-being of physicians and their patients and  the Indiana recognized accreditor of continuing medical education (CME) for 31 institutions, including hospitals and medical specialty societies, ISMA is committed to implementing solutions to combat Indiana's opioid crisis.

This page serves as an education and resource center for Indiana physicians who want to learn more about opioid  and treatment. Check back often for updates.

Recent Articles

The newest weapon in the fight against opioid abuse is education that fits into a physician's palm. Thanks to $230,000 from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, the Indiana State Medical Association is developing an app that will help doctors stay on top of the latest information geared toward stemming the addiction crisis. Read more in this Indianapolis Star article.

Indiana University plans to join the governor’s initiative to attack the state’s opioid crisis by donating $50 million and dedicating 70 researchers to the issue. The money will be spent over the course of five years and will focus on decreasing overdose deaths due to opioids, the number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and the incidence of substance use disorder. Read more about the plan and areas of focus here.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced that the city would take legal action against makers and distributors of opioids. More than 75 similar lawsuits have been filed nationwide. Read more at IndyStar.


The Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) offers a course on identifying and treating substance use disorder (SUD), to help clinical practice staff at all levels better understand SUD and patients who may be dealing with it.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) addiction treatment website includes links to treatment options and contacts. Another link leads to resources for providers. A third FSSA web resource, “Know the O Facts,” 
aims to eliminate the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder based on three key facts: it is a disease; there is treatment; and recovery is possible. 

Developed by ISMA, the Indiana Hospital Association and the Indiana State Department of Health, The Indiana Guidelines for the Management of Acute Pain provide an outline for the safe, appropriate and effective prescribing of self-administered medications for pain.

These guidelines are an additional resource to supplement previous work in other settings:
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) offers many online educational resources, safety information and links to addiction services.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration released the 2017 edition of Drugs of Abuse to show and describe the most commonly abused and misused drugs. The guide also includes information on the science of drug use, the effects of each drug’s effect on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status and other factors.

The National Center for Health Statistics provides provisional drug overdose death counts at the national and state level to help improve data quality and visualization of current trends. The data includes: a provisional count of deaths due to drug overdose, a provisional count of drug overdose deaths involving specific drugs or drug classes, a map of the percentage of total deaths due to drug overdoses and a map of the percentage change in provisional drug overdose deaths for the current 12-month period compared with the previous year.