The United States is in the middle of a crisis. A crisis that’s impacting our families and communities, and Indiana is at the epicenter: opioid use disorder. At the Indiana State Museum, visitors were invited to talk about it.

In a powerful exhibit—FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis—the Indiana State Museum committed to finding ways for Indiana communities to come together to shift the conversation and break the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder. The goal was to remove the shame and isolation surrounding this disease in order to show how all of us can play a pivotal role in managing this devastating crisis.

February 1, 2020 through August 1, 2021

Fix Exhibit Highlights


Inside the exhibit, visitors were given the opportunity to dive deeper into their own level of understanding when it comes to substance use and opioids. They also saw how their perceptions and ideas about this crisis compare with others from around the state.

Unraveling the crisis one step at a time included exploring the science and biology behind opioid use disorder, our nation’s history with other health crises, personal stories from impacted Hoosiers, and the various roads to recovery.

Using a mix of art, science, multi-media, hands-on interactives and inspiring artwork, the exhibit helped better understand the nature of addiction, how we got here and what we can all do to help change the course we’re on and move our state from crisis to resolution.

Go beyond the exhibit

A Word from Our Governor

  • Governor Holcomb

    “Substance use impacts our family, friends and neighbors. That’s why continuing to help more people enter recovery will always remain a top priority. The more we know about the ways it affects people, the better equipped we’ll be to avoid dependence or support someone you love.”

    Eric J. Holcomb

    Governor of Indiana


One of the challenges of opioid recovery is the stigma that sufferers face every day. Follow a story path to see how you would respond to someone in recovery.


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  • Fix Exhibit

    How opioids impact brain chemistry

  • Students exploring the brain at Fix

    The science behind opioid addiction

  • Words Can Hurt Experience

    The power of words can reduce stigma

  • Projected Images on Pucks

    The community impact of opioid misuse

  • A Wall of Stories at Fix

    Powerful stories of recovery

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Special Thanks

NextLevel Recovery
Ball Brothers Foundation Logo
George and Frances Ball Foundation Logo
Efroymson Family Fund
CVS Health
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Community Partners

A Better Life – Brianna’s Hope   •   Bill Foley, artist   •   C. Thomas Lewis, artist   •   Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush   •   Clarksville Fire Department   •   Crawfordsville Fire Department   •   CVS Pharmacy   •   Dove Recovery House   •   Dr. Diane Begley  •  Eskenazi Health   •   Fairbanks Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment Center   •   Governor Eric Holcomb’s Office   •   Hope Academy   •   Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition   •   Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse   •   Indiana Family and Social Services Administration   •   Indiana Next Level Recovery   •   Indiana OUD ECHO Program at Indiana University School of Medicine   •   Indiana Rural Health Association    Indiana Rural Opioid Consortium   •   Indiana State Department of Health   •   Indiana University School of Nursing   •   Indiana University School of Social Work   •   Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital   •   IU Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge   •   IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design Art Therapy Graduate Program   •   IUPUI School of Liberal Arts, Museum Studies Program   •   IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology, Music Therapy Program   •   Indy Pulse   •   Ivy Tech Community College   •   Laura Holzman and Meredith Brickell, artists   •   Marion County Board of Health, Dr. Virginia Caine   •   Meridian Health   •   Montgomery County Superior Court 1, Judge Heather Barajas   •   Overdose Lifeline, Inc.   •   Pulse Point   •   Philip Campbell, artist   •   Side Effects Public Media/WFYI   •   University of Indianapolis, College of Applied Behavioral Sciences   •   VOICES   •   Young Actors Theatre