Responding to the Addictions Crisis
IU’s third Grand Challenge, Responding to the Addictions Crisis, aims to reduce deaths from addiction, ease the burden of drug addiction on Hoosier communities, and improve health and economic outcomes. In partnership with state officials, IU Health, Eskenazi Health, and others, this statewide initiative is one of the nation’s most comprehensive state-based responses to the opioid addiction crisis—and the largest led by a university. A faculty member from Applied Health Science in the School of Public Health-Bloomington has been hired for this project, and five more are being considered.
In fall 2018, 15 new projects were awarded funding as part of phase two of the initiative, joining 16 projects undertaken in phase one. IU Bloomington researchers are leading seven out of the 15 phase-two projects, including: