The Evolution of the Opioid Crisis

Local perspective on the epidemic

that's sweeping the nation

“Allen County is not immune to the national opiate crisis.  We too are seeing a significant increase in opiate addiction, accidental overdose deaths, transmission of HIV and Hepatitis and other adverse social and economic outcomes related to use and misuse of prescription and illegal opioids.  This is a problem that, one way or another, affects us all personally, professional or economically.  To adequately address a problem of this magnitude will require the efforts of parents, health and mental health/addiction providers, law enforcement and public safety and public officials.  This video series provides an opportunity to hear about the fundamentals and magnitude of this problem from local and state experts.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to become familiar with this important public health issue so that you too can play a role in reversing this crisis.”

– Deborah McMahan, MD
Allen County Health Commissioner


Deborah McMahan, MD

Intro to opioid crisis video series
Scope of the opiate issue in Allen County
Health Commissioner’s perspective on the crisis
State Health Commissioner: What we can do to prevent overdose deaths
Ind. Attorney General weighs in on the crisis
From the eyes of first responders & an ER doctor
What a syringe services program IS and IS NOT
Power of Addiction: A personal story of a golf professional
Breaking the Silence: How to talk with loved ones about addiction
What parents need to know about opiates
Drug Court: “We can’t arrest our way out of this”
Benefits of Narcan: A lifesaving drug
Fort Wayne Fire Dept. narcan demonstration
Pain score & addiction: Time to change our thought process

For parents: Common hiding spots for drugs and drug paraphernalia

How to safely dispose of unwanted or unused opiate medications
Chronic pain and addiction

What is addiction? (Video courtesy of Addiction Policy Forum)

Addiction Overview: A chronic medical behavioral issue

How to administer Narcan at home

Next steps:

What you can do to make a difference


  • Walgreens’ “Safe Medication Disposal Program”
    Dispose of unwanted or unused medications at a Walgreens kiosk
    The following Walgreens have a safe medication disposal kiosk:

    • Columbus – 2400 Beam Road
    • Evansville – 925 S. Green Blvd.
    • Fort Wayne – 6202 W. Jefferson Blvd.; 6201 W. Stellhorn Road
    • Gary – 2500 Grant Street
    • Greenfield – 1195 N. State Street
    • Indianapolis – 8905 E. 10th Street; 3545 W. 86th Street
    • Jeffersonville – 934 Spring Street
    • Kokomo – 2400 W. Sycamore Street
    • Muncie – 2720 W. Jackson Street
    • Portage – 6001 Central Ave.
    • Schererville – 651 W. U.S. Highway 30
    • Terre Haute – 1300 Wabash Ave.


  • The Allen County TRIAD sponsors a year-round medication collection program, with support from local police and sheriff’s departments. Collection boxes are available at the following police and sheriff posts in Allen County:


Huntertown Town Hall
15617 Lima Road
Phone: 637-5058
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8am-5pm


Indiana State Police Post
5811 Ellison Road
Phone: 432-8661
Hours: Open 24/7 in the lobby


Fort Wayne Police Department
One East Main Street Lobby
Phone: 427-1222
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8am-5pm


New Haven Police Department
815 Lincoln Highway East
Phone: 748-7080
Hours: Open 24/7 in the lobby

ONLY PILLS ARE ACCEPTED THROUGH THESE PROGRAMS (liquid medications can be dried by adding sawdust, kitty litter, or flour, and then thrown away). More information please call TRIAD 469-3036.



Click here for guidance on proper medical waste disposal.


  • Parkview Behavioral Health (260) 373-7602
    • Partial hospitalization program
      • Monday through Friday program
  • Fairbanks Addiction Treatment Center (Indianapolis) (317) 849-8222
    • 30-day inpatient addiction treatment program



The Lutheran Foundation

  • 1-800-284-8439
    • 24/7 hotline for people who need help with behavioral and mental health issues who are fighting addiction
    • Website designed to provide mental and behavioral health information

Narcotics Anonymous

  • Meetings available in Fort Wayne, Angola, Auburn, Bluffton, Huntington, and Kendalville

Parents Recover Circle

  • New support group in Fort Wayne to help those in the area who have children battling addiction
    • Group meets on the first and third Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Jennifer Ford Art Gallery/Choice Designs located at 3223 Carroll Road



Local news stories on the opioid epidemic

Click here for a full list of news articles by the Journal Gazette on the local opioid epidemic – 2016