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Louisville Courier-Journal: Comment | Indiana must act on opioids, tobacco

Indiana stands at the height of a twin addiction epidemic fueled by the rise of opioids and stubbornly persistent tobacco use in our state. Today more Hoosiers die from drug overdoses than auto accidents each year. The death toll from smoking equates to more than two fatal 747 airplane crashes each month. And we’re outpacing other states in our abuse of opioids and tobacco, ranking among the nation’s worst for the number of drug overdose deaths and percentage of residents who smoke. These…

CBS4 Indy: Study shows Indiana’s opioid epidemic is costing Hoosiers millions of dollars a year

Not only is Indiana’s opioid epidemic costing hundreds of lives every year, it’s also costing you hundreds of dollars. Two studies were released by the Fairbanks Foundation Thursday. One looked at the financial impact of tobacco, the other on the financial impact of the opioid addiction and heroin use in Indiana. Turns out, Hoosiers are paying billions of dollars every year because of a drug epidemic wreaking havoc nationwide. “My addiction really started long before I started using her…

The Indianapolis Star: Tobacco, opioid addiction cost Indiana $8.2B, thousands of lives

Tobacco and opioid addictions cost Indiana more than $8.2 billion annually, and the state should do more to address these problems, according to two studies released today by the Fairbanks Foundation and conducted by IUPUI’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. The toll from tobacco alone comes to $6.8 billion, taking into account health-care costs, costs incurred from secondhand smoke and lost productivity due to smoking-related diseases and smoking on the job. Opioid overdose de…
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