PLEASE NOTE THESE FIGURES ARE GROSSLY UNDER REPORTED:
Of the 15 largest Indiana counties, 13 had increases in fatal opioid overdoses in 2017. The average was a 41% increase.
Only TWO of those counties had LESS fatal overdoses in 2017:
Monroe County (down by 10%)
Clark County (down by 8%)
BOTH those counties have Syringe Service Programs that distribute naloxone directly to people who use drugs.
Vanderbergh County had the largest increase in fatal overdose from 2014-2017 (514% increase).
In 2014 and 2015, Vanderbergh County and Monroe County had similar fatal overdose rates, and were ranked #1 and #2 (respectively) among Hoosier cities for Drug Dependency by the Sagamore Institute Public Good Index.
If those trends had continued, Monroe County would have lost almost 50 more community members to fatal opioid overdose by the end of 2017. But we didn’t because #harmreductionworks.