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New Research Finds Statewide Tobacco 21 (T-21) Laws Appear to be Working

New Research Finds Statewide Tobacco 21 (T-21) Laws Appear to be Working

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. According to a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), statewide Tobacco 21 (T-21) laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 21 appear to be having their intended outcome of reducing youth tobacco use. That is good news for states across the country, including Indiana, whose T-21 law went into effect on July 1, 2020. Tobacco use is the leadin…
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The Opioid Crisis Needs Our Attention Now, More Than Ever

The Opioid Crisis Needs Our Attention Now, More Than Ever

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Last summer, our country was celebrating the first one-year decline in drug overdose deaths since 1990 with a 4% decline between 2017 and 2018. Unfortunately, that celebration was short lived. Preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that, in 2019, drug overdose deaths in the U.S. increased by 5%, translating into about 72,000 deaths. In Indiana, overd…
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Compelling Lessons From Three Reports Provide Guidance for Addressing Substance Use Disorder, and Are More Relevant Than Ever as We Grapple With COVID-19

Compelling Lessons From Three Reports Provide Guidance for Addressing Substance Use Disorder, and Are More Relevant Than Ever as We Grapple With COVID-19

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marion County ranked among the highest in Indiana for the number and rate of drug overdose deaths. The pandemic has only exacerbated the problems associated with substance use disorder (SUD), as treatment and prevention strategies are now required to adapt to the impact of the pandemic. Taking a comprehensive approach to addressing SUD is critical, since those suffering from…
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