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Guest blog: One woman’s heartbreaking struggle with opioid use now provides hope for hundreds in Indiana

By Randy Davis, retired pastor and founder/president of A Better Life – Brianna’s Hope   Her name was Brianna.  She spent nearly half of her life involved with drugs, and by age 25, she was dependent on those substances. On June 16, 2014, she was reported missing.  For the next 10 weeks, Brianna’s community, friends and family searched for her. Each one hoped and prayed for the best but feared the worst.  Her body was found in an abandoned... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Guest blog: Substance use disorder knows no boundaries

By Jim McClelland, State of Indiana’s executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement   If we know anything about the drug crisis, it’s this: it knows no boundaries; it doesn’t discriminate. It’s an epidemic that’s swept the nation, impacting people from every walk of life, from every corner of Indiana. As I travel the state, I’ve met people who live this struggle daily. Perhaps you know people, too. Earlier this year, I... Read More
at Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Why the opioid crisis?

By Cathy Ferree, President and CEO, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Museums are a place to have big conversations about ways we can all influence the present and future. Museums should broaden perspectives through real stories and artifacts, and they should also address the topics of today that are relevant to visitors. At the Indiana State Museum, we wanted to provide a place for our visitors to talk about a topic that can be shaming and isolating, and that affects every... Read More
at Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Real Encounters with the Unexplained

By Renee Bruck Stories about sightings of ghosts, spirits and other beings become commonplace as Halloween approaches, but Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites staff know it doesn’t take the turn of a calendar for unexplained things to start happening. To be clear, we’re not saying any of our locations are haunted. There are just some things that we haven’t been able to fully explain yet. Is it supernatural? Well, you’ll have to visit to decide for yourself. ... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Friday, October 25, 2019