Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has announced IU’s commitment to invest $50 million to collaborate with community partners to prevent and reduce addictions in Indiana.
Announced alongside Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and IU Health President and CEO Dennis Murphy, the initiative — Responding to the Addictions Crisis — is part of IU’s bicentennial Grand Challenges Program.
Utilizing IU’s seven campuses across the state, and in partnership with state officials, IU Health, Eskenazi Health and others, this statewide initiative is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive state-based responses to the opioid addiction crisis — and the largest led by a university.
The Responding to the Addictions Crisis initiative will engage a broad array of IU’s world-class faculty as well as IU’s business, nonprofit and government partners. Working together, the initiative aims to implement a comprehensive plan to reduce deaths from addiction, ease the burden of drug addiction on Hoosier communities, and improve health and economic outcomes.
“Gov. Holcomb has identified addressing the urgent substance abuse crisis, which is taking an increasingly severe toll on the health of far too many Hoosiers, as a key priority for the state, and aligning the resources of the state, including its universities, as a critical step in achieving that priority,” McRobbie said.
“Through this vitally important initiative, Indiana University will bring to bear its formidable and extensive clinical and research capabilities, large statewide footprint in medicine and health care, and powerful community and industry partnerships to achieve maximum impact toward the goal of more effectively treating patients and implementing preventative substance abuse programs.”