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For Immediate Release
September 19, 2017

IPFW's UC2 Holds Panel Discussion on Opioid Crisis in Indiana

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW) University Community Conversation (UC2) presents “The Opioid Crisis in Indiana—A UC2 Panel Discussion” on Thursday, September 21, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Allen County Public Library’s main branch, located at 900 Library Plaza.

UC2 is a program in public engagement sponsored by the university’s Institute for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors. The goal of UC2 is to bring together experts from the campus and the community to tackle topics that pertain to northeast Indiana. This year, UC2 will focus events on how we care for the community.

The first of four events scheduled for fall 2017 is focused on the opioid epidemic, which has effects at the federal, state, and local levels. A report published in the Indianapolis Star in May shows an almost 300% increase in the number of opioid-related deaths from 2008 to 2016 and approximately 400 overdose cases per week being seen in emergency rooms.

As reported at the beginning of this year by the Indiana Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention, Hoosiers are currently more likely to die from a drug overdose than in a car accident.

“The Opioid Crisis in Indiana—A UC2 Panel Discussion” will address three issues related to the epidemic, including how the use of painkillers has grown into a public health crisis, what is being done to address the crisis, and how notions like “care” can play a role in efforts to help people affected by the crisis.

Panelist include:

  • Jim McClelland, executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement for the State of Indiana
  • Hodge Patel, state director for the office of Senator Joe Donnelly
  • Dr. Deborah McMahan, health commissioner for Fort Wayne and Allen County
  • Marcia Haaff, chief executive officer at the Lutheran Foundation
  • Megan Fisher, director of addiction recovery services at the Otis R. Bowen Center.

This event is free and open to the public. There will be time for audience questions at the end of the presentation.
For additional information, contact Stephen Buttes at 260-481-6630 or