It's hitting our most important assets, at their most vulnerable stages of life, particularly hard.
A recent article by Times health reporter Giles Bruce detailed the numbers and some of the faces behind the effects of the opioid crisis on Hoosier newborns.
Through the end of August, 15.7 percent of Indiana babies tested were addicted to opioids, compared to 10.7 percent nationwide, the Indiana State Department of Health reported.
It's an unacceptably high statistic in an all-too important category for our state's future.
We all should be encouraged our state leaders are treating this problem like the emergency it is.
In this year's legislative session, Indiana lawmakers passed more than a dozen new laws taking direct aim at the problem.
Those laws included expanding treatment for pregnant women and mothers addicted to opioids, creating housing and treatment for homeless addicts, forming mobile treatment teams to target high-problem areas of the state when they arise and developing plans to increase residential drug treatment in the state.
These plans need to be fully funded and bolstered in upcoming legislative sessions.
We're also encouraged Gov. Eric Holcomb has adopted a whatever-is-necessary approach.
It's the mindset all Hoosiers must have to protect our state's most important assets.
Dealing with a problem of this magnitude won't be cheap. It will require prioritized spending — obviously public revenue.
But failure to invest in this problem now would signal that the Hoosier state doesn't care about the well-being of some of its most important assets — particularly innocent babies who didn't ask to be born into an addiction.
Indiana, its people and its leaders are better than that. We all must invest in fighting this scourge and support responsible measures that deal with it head-on.