(AP) - Five more opioid addiction treatment centers will be established
around Indiana under an expansion announced Wednesday as part of efforts to
help people hooked on the pain-killing drugs that are linked to growth in
The new sites at
health care facilities in Greenwood, Fort Wayne, Terre Haute, Lafayette and
Bloomington will join 14 existing centers across the state providing
medication-assisted treatment to addicts. They are to be operating by the
end of next June, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
Jennifer Walthall said the sites also will provide counseling and support
services and will bolster the existing centers that provided treatment for
some 10,000 people during 2016. The new locations were selected based on
factors such as travel time for patients and counties with greater overdose
rates, she said.
Indiana saw a more
than 300 percent increase in the number of overdose deaths from heroin
between 2010 and 2015, climbing from 54 to 239, according to state
statistics. During that same period, opioid painkiller-related deaths
increased nearly 20 percent, the statistics show.
Gov. Eric Holcomb
attended Wednesday’s announcement at Valle Vista Health System in Greenwood,
an Indianapolis suburb that will be one of the new treatment locations.
Holcomb called opioid-related addictions the state’s “most challenging”
"We’re not going to
be able to just arrest our way out of this problem,” the governor said.
“That’s why these new centers are just so important.”
Indiana’s Medicaid program will start covering methadone treatments as part
of opioid addiction recovery on Aug. 1. She said this “will remove a
significant barrier to treatment for those seeking to improve their lives.”
immediately have an estimate for how much the additional centers and
methadone treatment option will cost.
has opioid treatment programs in Charlestown, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary,
Indianapolis, Lawrenceburg, Marion, Merrillville, Richmond, South Bend and