Working to solve the opioid epidemic in Indiana is an ongoing issue that requires a vast pool of advocates and resources.

The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse recently launched an online, interactive map that helps depict drug overdoses happening in Indiana.

The Naloxone Administration Heatmap is a compilation of EMS reports documenting when and where the opioid reversing drug naloxone was administered. The use of naloxone, often called by its brand name, Narcan, does not always denote an overdose, but about 75 percent of recorded incidents are likely overdoses.

Visitors to the website can apply different filters to the map, viewing the use over different years and times of day. This helps give an expansive picture of the state and how opioid overdoses have impacted Hoosier communities from 2014 to the present. This map gives additional insight and moves Indiana forward in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

New legislation passed during the 2018 legislative session is also helping combat reckless drug use. Those who deal or illegally manufacture drugs that lead to the death of a user can now be charged with the highest possible felony and the number of treatment locations increased from 18 to 27 so that any Hoosier is now within an hour’s drive of receiving help.

First responders, lawmakers and organizations like the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse are working together to create a united front against the opioid epidemic. Each of us can join in the fight by staying informed and encouraging friends and family with addictions to find help. Those struggling can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 or visit www.samhsa.gov.

To learn view the heatmap, click here.