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To Curb Smoking, Increase Use of Evidence-Based Cessation Treatments

To Curb Smoking, Increase Use of Evidence-Based Cessation Treatments

Alex Cohen is the Director of Learning and Evaluation for the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Smoking remains the number one preventable cause of death in the United States, and Indiana’s smoking rate continues to rank among the worst in the nation. Smoking kills more than 11,000 Hoosiers each year. These impacts are felt especially hard among low-income individuals on Medicaid, who are more likely to be smokers. In addition to the public health impacts, smoking also hurts Hoosiers throug…
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Indiana’s Troubling Increase in Hepatitis C Cases is a Direct Result of the Opioid Crisis

Indiana’s Troubling Increase in Hepatitis C Cases is a Direct Result of the Opioid Crisis

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released a report showing that new Hepatitis C cases in the U.S. grew by nearly 300 percent between 2010 and 2015. The root cause of this dramatic increase is the opioid epidemic – specifically, the use of needles to inject heroin and prescription painkillers. Unfortunately, Indiana is one of seven states with rates of Hepatitis C infection at least twice t…
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To Help Tackle the Opioid Epidemic, Indiana Should Expand Access to Evidence-Based Approaches Like Medication-Assisted Treatment

To Help Tackle the Opioid Epidemic, Indiana Should Expand Access to Evidence-Based Approaches Like Medication-Assisted Treatment

Alex Cohen is the Director of Learning and Evaluation for the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. The opioid epidemic continues to take a devastating toll in Indianapolis and across the state. While there are no silver bullets, there are interventions that have strong evidence for impact. Chief among them is medication-assisted treatment, or MAT. MAT is often controversial because of the common misconception that it simply substitutes one drug for another (i.e., methadone for heroin). On the co…
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