Released January 17, 2020

Indiana State Museum and IU to host naloxone training event

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 17, 2020) – The Indiana State Museum and Indiana University’s Responding to the Addiction Crisis Grand Challenge will host a panel discussion and naloxone (brand name Narcan) training event that is free and open to the public on Feb. 1. This event coincides with opening day of the museum’s exhibit, FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis.

Naloxone is an FDA-approved medication that is administered in an emergency to counter the effects of an opioid overdose.

WHAT: The event will begin with a panel discussion on the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder, and how we as a community can come together to help shift the conversation and break the stigma.

Panelists will include:

  • Brandon George, executive director, Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition
  • Robin Newhouse, dean and distinguished professor, Indiana University School of Nursing
  • Brea Perry, professor of sociology, Indiana University
  • Justin Phillips, executive director and founder, Overdose Lifeline
  • Panel Moderator Fred Cate, vice president for research, distinguished professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law, Indiana University

The panel discussion will be followed by naloxone training provided by the nonprofit organization Overdose Lifeline, and attendees will leave with naloxone kits.

This event is in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit on the opioid crisis, FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis, which opens at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1 and runs through Feb. 7, 2021. The exhibit is included with purchase of museum general admission.

WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m., Feb. 1

WHERE: Indiana State Museum auditorium, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

PRICE: Free, registration preferred at or by calling (317) 232-1637. Tickets available at the door pending availability.

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The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage.

The Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge initiative engages a broad array of IU’s world-class faculty, as well as IU’s business, nonprofit and government partners. Working together, the groups are contributing to an initiative to implement a comprehensive plan to reduce deaths from addiction, ease the burden of drug addiction on Hoosier communities and improve health and economic outcomes. This initiative is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive state-based responses to the opioid addiction crisis — and the largest led by a university.