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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Indiana experienced 4% of all opioid-related deaths, but only received 1.9% of federal funding to combat the opioid epidemic. Learn more in this 2019 @rmffindy report:
In 2019, Indiana’s obesity rate was the 12th highest in the US, and Marion County’s was the 11th highest among the largest cities in the US. Learn more:
In 2016, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation released a report showing that tobacco use has resulted in a major health and economic crisis in Indiana. Two years later, the crisis continues.
In 2016, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation released a report showing that Indiana was among the states hit hardest by the opioid crisis. 2017 data shows that more than 1,700 Hoosiers died from a drug overdose, a 75 percent increase since 2011.
In 2016, Indiana had the 10th-highest smoking rate in the U.S. More than one in five Hoosier adults smoke— and we’re paying an enormous price for it.
Substance use represents a significant problem for individuals in Marion County. Fortunately, effective substance use prevention programs exist, including programs delivered at the school level.
Smoking costs Indiana employers billions each year, and an increase to the cigarette tax would save lives, reduce healthcare costs and boost state revenue.
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