As the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has worked to improve the education, health, and vitality of Indianapolis, we’ve commissioned a number of research projects and studies to help guide our efforts.
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In 2016, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation (Foundation) awarded a $700,000 grant to Eskenazi Health to support the expansion of an innovative pilot program called Project POINT (Planned Outreach, Intervention, Naloxone and Treatment) and to evaluate its outcomes.
Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a serious concern both nationally and in Marion County, Indiana. In 2017, 365 Marion County residents experienced fatal drug overdoses, with an age-adjusted rate of 38.9 per 100,000 people, as compared with a state rate of 29.4 per 100,000 people.
Of all the drug crises that have plagued the U.S., the opioid epidemic is among the most deadly in history– so much so that elected officials declared it a national public health emergency two years ago.