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Purdue Extension Addresses Opioids

Purdue Extension addresses Indiana’s opioid crisis by

providing community-based prevention education.

We partner with local communities to proactively approach

this complex issue with hope and positivity.

Purdue Extension Offers Opioid Education Video Series

Misinformation and stigma about opioids

makes it difficult to change the Opioid Crisis outcomes.


This online video series offers introductory education about opioid misuse.

Each series addresses concerns unique to specific populations.

All videos are best viewed at full screen.

Series 1: Parents of Adolescents


Video 1: What opioids are and where they come from.

Video 2: What terms to use and not use when talking about substance use.

Video 3: What opioid misuse looks like in teens.

Series 2: Opioids in the Workplace


Video 1: How the opioid crisis affects different industries.

Video 2: Review opioid misuse signs.

Video 3: How to approach conversations with

a co-worker struggling with opioid misuse.

Series 3: Talk with Your Healthcare Provider

Video 1: How the opioid prescription use

in the healthcare system has evolved over time.

Video 2: Reviews the importance of

shared decision-making in the patient-provider relationship.

Video 3: Reviews the ways that patients

can address opioid concerns with healthcare providers.

After watching the series, check out this handout to help remember the tips:

Opioids Snapshot

Nationwide Numbers


DAILY Emergency Department Admissions

for Prescription Misuse*


Overdose Deaths from

Any Opioid DAILY**

Indiana Numbers


Indiana Emergency Department Visits

for Any Opioid in 2019***


Indiana Deaths

from Any Opioid in 2019***

*Obtained from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), found at

**Obtained from The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), found at

***Obtained from Indiana Drug Overdose Dashboard, found at

Purdue Extension Offers Mental Health First Aid

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA):

An introductory, in-person program to teach how to support someone experiencing mental health issues or crises, including opioid misuse.

MHFA Course Types:

      • Adult
      • Youth (for adult participants who frequently interact with youth).

Courses are open to the public and offered throughout the state.

To learn more and to find a course near you, visit our website linked below.

Purdue Extension Strengthens Families


Purdue Extension offers the "Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14" in multiple locations throughout the state.


This in-person program consists of 2-hour skills-building sessions for parent, youth, and family, held over 7 weeks.


Of 6,000 programs analyzed for long-term effects on substance use/misuse, the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 ranks #1 with the World Health Organization (WHO).


This evidence-based curriculum is proven to:

        • Delay the onset of adolescent substance use
        • Lower levels of aggression in youth
        • Increase the resistance to peer pressure in youth
        • Reduce youth conduct problems in school
        • Improve parenting skills, including:
            • Build a positive relationship with their youth,
            • Set appropriate limits, and
            • Follow through on consequences while showing love and support.

Additional Resources

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Learn more about how stressors, including the opioid crisis,

specifically affect the agricultural community.

Visit the Purdue Extension Farm Stress Team website, linked below.

Learn quick tips for how to safely store and manage prescription medications at home.

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To learn more about Opioids statistics across Indiana,

visit the Indiana Department of Health (IDH) website, linked below.


Purdue Extension partnered with the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) to host a FREE opioids education webinar series through September 2020.

The archived webinars, presentation slides and handouts,

and presenter information can be found at the link below.

This work was supported by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (grant opportunity # USDA-NIFA-RHSE-006360), and by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (grant opportunity #1 H79



The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration,

Division of Mental Health and Addiction (FSSA, DMHA) offers the “Know the Facts” campaign.

This campaign offers education about substance use disorders (including opioid use disorder),

and advocates to reduce substance use disorder stigma.


The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) offers the latest research and news available

regarding substance use issues.


For a special article from NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow,

"The Importance of Prevention in Addressing the Opioid Crisis," see the link below.

HHS Opioids

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) offers

nationwide information about the opioid crisis and response efforts.

Purdue Extension Program Areas

Purdue Extension is dedicated to uniting all  program areas to be a proactive, preventive, and positive force to tackle this issue in partnership with local communities.

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources personnel have established relationships with the agricultural and rural communities in all 92 counties, providing a proven, trusted point of contact for information, including directing families, farmers and residents to resources and programming to address the opioid crisis.
  • Community Development helps local leaders and decision-makers leverage resources and build capacity for multifaceted, community conversations and policy actions, including those related to opioids.
  • Health and Human Sciences provides parenting and family programs, health education, and can provide help in identifying additional local resources to help answer questions or provide more personalized care related to the opioid crisis.
  • Indiana 4-H Youth Development is the premier youth development program that provides after school activities as a productive outlet for youth interests and offers a framework to build positive life skills alongside positive role models.