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Harm Reduction Case Study: Marion County, Indiana

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Date Published
September 2020
3 pages

This document provides an overview of Marion County in central Indiana, providing information about the county’s harm reduction activities and outcomes.


This case study looks at Marion County, Indiana, which is home to the state capital of Indianapolis. Along with substance use problems and rising overdose rates, the county has also seen an increase in related diseases such as Hepatitis C along with other economic and social impacts of opioid use. Due to the opioid crisis and its widespread effects on society, local health departments have declared states of emergency to facilitate policy changes and implement syringe service programs (SSPs) as one of the harm reduction activities to address the opioid crisis. The case study provides details about the implementation of the SSP in Marion County, discussing its implementation, outcomes, and lessons learned. The case study also includes contact information for more information on the county’s efforts.