Indiana Prevention Resource Center efforts helped screen 78,000 Hoosiers for risks associated with alcohol and substance use

Five years ago, the Indiana Prevention Resource Center and the Indiana State Division of Mental Health and Addiction received an $8.3 million grant to integrate screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment — an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent problematic alcohol and drug use — into primary health care centers across the […]

IU health experts welcome new FDA rules for e-cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that e-cigarettes will be subjected to rules and regulations previously imposed on tobacco cigarettes, including a ban on selling e-cigarettes to minors. That is welcome news to some Indiana University health experts who cite the lack of research on the long-term effects of e-cigarettes and concerns about the […]

Suicide: A local and national problem

Guest post courtesy of the Indiana Prevention Resource Center: As International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day approaches on Nov. 22, the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at the School of Public Health-Bloomington is calling attention to the problem of suicide among young adults in Indiana and nationally and amassing a collection of online resources related to […]

March Madness gambling — common, illegal

This post is provided by guest blogger Mary Lay, project manager of the Indiana Problem Gambling Awareness Program, which is a project of the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. Mid March is the time when all college basketball fans come together to do their “brackets.” It is big […]

Zohydro debate pits pain relief against drug abuse, death

A debate that pits potential relief for chronic pain against efforts to stem an epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is unfolding as advocacy groups ask the FDA to reverse its decision to approve Zohydro, scheduled to hit markets this month. Advocates who want the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reject the […]

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Prescription drug abuse: Hoosier teens discuss a dangerous and growing problem

Most parents, like me, want to believe that their kids won’t sneak pills from the medicine cabinet or buy prescription drugs from friends. If this were the case, though, prescription drug abuse wouldn’t be considered such a problem nationwide and in Indiana, where youths were ranked second in the nation for reported use of prescription […]