It’s almost too big of a statistic to wrap your brain around: since 1999, there has been an 883% increase in drug deaths, according to the state’s health department. In 2017 alone, five Indianans died every single day from an overdose. But born out of those devastating numbers are new, effective and inspiring Hoosier-designed solutions.
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Three hundred and forty-one Iowa residents died from a drug overdose in 2017; that’s 341 too many. However, there is good news. It appears the numbers are decreasing, especially in Iowa, a state that experiences one of the lowest overdose rates per capita in the country. Can you imagine how many more lives could be saved if promising programs were brought to scale and implemented across the state and country? That’s what Innovation Now dares to imagine.
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Pennsylvania has lost far too many loved ones to addiction. The latest CDC data reveals 5,388 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose in 2017 – the highest number in the United States – leaving families and communities devastated. As the crisis worsens, residents are searching for solutions, and so are we. Innovators around the Keystone State are tackling this crisis with fresh ideas, energy and optimism resulting in ten innovative programs with inspiring results.