Imagine the reassurance of having a medical treatment in your bag or cabinet that could save a loved one or a neighbor.
According to the Indiana University Office of Research, more Hoosiers are killed by drug overdoses than car crashes. Opioids, a class of drugs primarily used to alleviate pain, account for almost 80 percent of overdose deaths reported in Indiana in 2021. With nearly half a million Indiana residents meeting the criteria for substance use disorder—a complex medical condition that results in an inability to control the use of a drug or medication—finding effective solutions is a growing public health priority.
In an effort to prevent opioid-related deaths, the nonprofit ShipHappens is on a mission to get as much naloxone into the hands of as many as possible, empowering Indiana residents to reduce deaths from opioids at a time when the rate of death from overdoses has hit a record high. Established before the COVID-19 pandemic, ShipHappens leverages a technological infrastructure as the only Indiana-based nonprofit specializing in mail-based distribution of harm reduction supplies, including naloxone—the opioid overdose reversal medication.