INdiana Systemic Thinking

December 2, 2007

Indiana Overdose Rate up 98.5% in 5 years

The Herald Bulletin has as a sad story today about the 100% increase in the overdose rate for Madison County.  Buried in the story is this statistic,

“According to the Indiana State Department of Health, the number of overdose deaths in the county more than doubled between 2001 and 2005, from 17 to 34. The state nearly matched that, going from 335 to 665 over the same period. The figures are the latest available from the state health department.”

Did anyone else catch that…  That the state overdose rate for illegal drugs was up 98.5% from 2001?  While it is horrible Madison County beats the state score, it’s just little less horrible the state’s overdose rate has almost doubled.  It would be interesting to know the reasons behind the statistic.  In the Blogmeister’s opinion, this gives a lot of credence to licensing substance abuse counselors.



  1. What’s my take on the fact that Indiana’s overdose rate for illegal drugs was up 98.5% from 2001?

    I would bet that many states can make similar statistical claims. I think, moreover, that the drug abuse crisis in our country is due in large part to the fact that many people, especially our youth, are developing poorer coping skills rather than learning better ways to cope with life. If this is the case, then all of the states need to initiate a major educational effort that teaches people of all ages, especially the young, how to become masters at coping with life and how to become expert decision makers so that they can start making more productive and healthy decisions in their everyday lives and learn how to avoid drug use and abuse before they become out-of-control problems.

    Comment by No Drugs Abuse — December 6, 2007 @ 11:09 pm | Reply

  2. Good Points all the way around. I never thought about what the statistics would be for other states. Sorry my Indianacentrism was showing.

    Comment by kurtglmft — December 7, 2007 @ 11:40 am | Reply

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