More government funding headed to Indiana to fight opioid epidemic

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Indiana is getting more federal funding to fight the opioid epidemic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Indiana  $519,117 to enhance prescription drug monitoring programs, prevention efforts, and to improve safe prescribing practices.

"I think it's amazing that our state is one, recognizing it's a problem and standing in the forefront saying we need help and being willing to accept that. Not all states want to say they have this problem," said Hope Academy Chief Operating Officer, Rachelle Gardner.

Gardner is the leader of Hope Academy in Indianapolis. It's a school for students in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The school celebrated it's tenth anniversary by honoring community members and organizations who are behind their vision.

"This was really a testament to the important community members that support this school so we can get students to come," Gardner said.

The funds will be used to help all of us get a better understanding about why this is happening at such a fast pace. The state will look at improved data collection and analysis around opioid misuse and overdose. This round of government funding was awarded to the state department of health. Gardner hopes it will be used to change the lives of Hoosiers who are trying to see the light in the dark world of addiction.

"Addressing addiction whether it's opioid addiction, alcohol addiction or whatever is an important health crisis. So whatever funding we get through the health department, from the federal government wherever that goes it's just going to enhance the ability for people to receive treatment, to receive support and to educate the community about what the problem is," Gardner said.

Hope Academy is currently accepting new students. Click here to learn more about the school.  September kicks off national recovery month.