La Porte County Opioid Study Report
The La Porte County Opioid Study was commissioned by the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte through the Center for Health Policy at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. The study addresses the burden of opioid addiction in La Porte County and makes recommendations to address the community’s needs and gaps related to this issue.
This study is a result of HFL’s participation in the Indiana Network for the Prevention and Treatment of Opioid Addiction (INPTOA). Through this network, HFL provided a match and was a recipient of a grant of $78,000 to be used to support INPTOA’s purpose of providing single county and multi-county collaborative grants to assess, prevent, and treat opioid addiction, and provide community financial support for housing, employment, monitoring, and counseling.
In 2016, former Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller seeded the creation of a statewide network of Indiana foundations with a $500,000 matching grant from Indiana’s Consumer Protection Education Fund. A group of foundations collectively matched $500,000 by December 31, 2016. INPTOA’s priority is placed on awarding grants to underserved areas of Indiana and for innovative approaches to addiction. This network was found necessary because opioid abuse and addiction is a nationwide epidemic and Indiana is one of the most affected states.