June 04, 2020

Indiana Sees Major Increase in Substance Use and Mental Health Issues Since Pandemic

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Indiana has seen an increase in substance use disorders and mental health issues. According to an Associated Press report, Indiana experienced its highest monthly dispensation of the opioid antidote naloxone in April, with 1,306 uses, a level of distribution state officials claim they have never seen before. According to Jennifer Sullivan, the state secretary of Family and Social Services Administration, “[d]uring the first few weeks of May, 211 local service operators took 57 domestic violence calls, 14 suicide or homicide calls, and made 732 referrals to mental health providers. . .Domestic violence hotlines and 911 operators have recorded extraordinary increases in calls across the state”.