Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge Update

NARRATOR: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A HOOSIER? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO CALL INDIANA HOME? IT MEANS WORKING HARD, PLAYING HARDER AND ALWAYS LENDING A HAND WHEN HELP IS NEEDED AND AT THIS MOMENT, HELP IS NEEDED MORE THAN EVER

OUR STATE AND OUR WAY OF LIFE ARE AT RISK BESET ON ALL SIDES BY AN INVISIBLE BUT DEADLY FORCE, ADDICTION IT'S DAMAGING OUR FAMILIES AND ERODING THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR COMMUNITIES BUT THERE IS HOPE BECAUSE WE'RE HOOSIERS

AND WE'RE FIGHTING BACK IN COLLABORATION WITH THE STATE OF INDIANA, BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS, INDIANA UNIVERSITY LAUNCHED THE RESPONDING TO ADDICTIONS CRISIS GRAND CHALLENGE INITIATIVE IN 2017 IT'S A 50-MILLION-DOLLAR MULTI-FACETED PLAN WITH A SINGLE GOAL, TO TAKE BACK OUR COMMUNITIES AND TO DO IT TOGETHER WITH 16 PROJECTS ALREADY UNDERWAY, WE'RE TACKLING THE ADDICTION PROBLEM WITH OUR BEST RESOURCES AND BRIGHTEST MINDS LIKE EMILY SCOTT, AN INDIANA UNIVERSITY PHYSICIAN AND RESEARCHER WHO IS LEADING THE BATTLE AGAINST NEONATAL ABSTINENCE SYNDROME, A CONDITION THAT AFFLICTS BABIES EXPOSED TO DRUGS IN THE WOMB

SCOTT IS WORKING DIRECTLY WITH MOTHERS TO GIVE BABIES BORN WITH NAS A CHANCE FOR A BETTER LIFE INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCIENTISTS ARE WORKING TO UNCOVER THE UNDERLYING MECHANISMS OF ADDICTION THE MORE WE KNOW ABOUT HOW IT AFFECTS THE BRAIN THE MORE EFFECTIVELY WE CAN TREAT IT WE'RE ALSO ARMING OUR HARDEST HIT COMMUNITIES WITH THE TOOLS TO FIGHT BACK NALOXONE TRAINING PROGRAMS, EDUCATION AND OUTREACH EFFORTS ARE HELPING HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES AND SAVE LIVES

ACROSS THE STATE, WE'RE WORKING WITH JUDGES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS SERVING AS LAY RECOVERY COACHES AND MUNICIPALITIES TO INFORM AND DEVELOP NEW APPROACHES TO THIS MOUNTING EPIDEMIC WE'VE DONE A LOT ALREADY, AND WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED WORKING TOGETHER, WE'RE MAKING STRIDES EVERY DAY ALONG THE WAY, WE'LL EVALUATE OUR PROGRESS AND MAKE ADJUSTMENTS WHERE NECESSARY BECAUSE FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

WE WON'T STOP UNTIL WE'VE RESTORED HOPE TO INDIANA COMMUNITIES BECAUSE HELPING OUR FELLOW HOOSIERS IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY

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