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Center for Health Policy Research Featured

June 30, 2008 

The Center for Health Policy research on substance abuse prevention began in 2006, when the Center entered into a partnership, through the Governor's Office and the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, to provide support for a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Center for Substance Abuse Prevention grant. The goal of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) is to employ data-driven decision-making, implement evidence-based practices, and build infrastructure in order to prevent and reduce substance use on the local and state level.

Since 1999, the number of deaths directly attributable to alcohol and drugs has grown steadily in the United States, raising national and local public health concerns. The most recent statistics show that in 2004, nearly 31,000 deaths in the nation were from drug-induced causes and more than 21,000 from alcohol-induced causes. Before 2000, deaths directly related to alcohol were more numerous than those directly related to other drugs, but this has clearly changed; drug-induced mortality rose more than 60 percent from 1999 to 2004, while alcohol-induced mortality increased only 8 percent.

The complete report on "Fatal Drug Overdoses: A Growing Concern In Indiana" is available on the CHP website.