Local health experts say the opioid crisis raging across Indiana is likely to get worse before it can get better.
There were 16 reported nonfatal emergency room visits due to opioids in Monroe County in 2009, according to data from the Indiana State Department of Health. That figure has climbed each year. In 2015, there were 56 ER visits due to opioids. Six people died.
The numbers are staggering, and continue.
The following weeks would see dozens more overdose calls, while the encampment of people along Kirkwood dispersed to different spots around town.
To combat the opioid epidemic in Monroe County, county government officials have planned a South Central Opioid and Prescription Drug Misuse Summit for Sept. 28.
The state has also taken notice of Bloomington's plight in dealing with opioid drugs.
The recent string of highly visible overdoses in public and efforts to combat the opioid epidemic only highlight a problem that already had been here for years.