(June 19, 2019)
Health researchers at the University of Indiana have joined the Franciscan Alliance health system to improve opioid treatment access in local hospitals, reports the Indiana University News. The researchers work at Prevention Insights (PI), an addiction research center based at IU, and with the help of a three-year, $1.57 million fund, they will partner with health professionals in the Franciscan Alliance (FA) to better utilize medication-assisted treatment for opioid recovery. In particular, PI’s researchers will help the FA integrate buprenorphine into its hospitals and offices, so that those who need it for their own recoveries will have improved access. In addition, the researchers will collect data on the improved program’s progress to later evaluate its effectiveness. IU’s involvement in joining Prevention Insights and the Franciscan Alliance reflects its own initiative to combat the opioid crisis in the state.