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Fort Wayne Substance Abuse Treatment Industry Needs More Resources
The substance abuse treatment services available in Fort Wayne, Indiana are not living up to standards, according to a report released this week.
A report prepared by the Purdue Fort Wayne Community Research Institute and the Fort Wayne Allen County Opioid Task Force indicated that there needs to be more focus on extended drug abuse prevention, treatment, and intervention techniques in order to fight the opioid epidemic in Allen County.
The task force report featured verified accounts from medical officials, law enforcement, social services, the district attorney's office, the judiciary and health officials.
Allen County has seen 35 people die from drug-related overdoses since January of 2017, but the report indicated that there are 15 additional deaths still not confirmed.
The Allen Superior Court Drug Court Program is one source of help that Fort Wayne has. The taxpayer funded program helps in reducing criminal justice expenses while encouraging the development of previous offenders when they finally achieve sobriety.
The new report indicated that despite this, Fort Wayne still is not doing enough to stop substance abuse from happening.
The report highlighted some secondary techniques that could help prevent drug-related overdoses and substance use disorders.
Education was something that was stated as a high focus and evidence-based curriculum was discussed as a base for middle schools and high schools across Indiana.