Analysts release major report on substance abuse in Indiana

October 06, 2006

The State Epidemiology and Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) has released a comprehensive review of substance abuse statistics in Indiana that was created by analysts at the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment. The analysts created the report in their role as the support team for the SEOW, a group chaired by Professor Eric Wright, director of health policy at the center.

The report includes chapters on consumption patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, prescription drug abuse (including pain relievers, benzodiazepine, and Ritalin), and polysubstance (multiple drugs) abuse.

The project was financed by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Substance Abuse and Prevention, as part of that organization’s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Program.

After reviewing the statistical material, the SEOW recommended six priorities for substance abuse prevention and control in Indiana. These priorities are discussed in the report.