The opioid epidemic was the topic of a discussion at Purdue University where Indiana’s drug czar, Jim McClelland, lead the talk.
Indiana’s executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement, Jim McClelland was appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb earlier this year and is tasked to tackle the state’s opioid epidemic.
He says the focus right now is to increase treatment access.
“Few people can recover without treatment,” McClelland says. “Medicated treatment is the gold standard, a combination of medication and behavioral therapy.”