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Overdose: the leading cause of accidental death in the US

Today we can Help Change the Leading Cause of Accidental Death

Drug overdoses account for more deaths than traffic fatalities, gun homicides and suicides. Fatal overdoses from opiate medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone alone, quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, accounting for an estimated 16,651 deaths.[1]

In 2011, drug misuse and abuse caused about 2.5 million emergency department (ED) visits. Of these, more than 1.4 million ED visits were related to pharmaceuticals.2

Failing to prevent abuse and effectively treat addiction results in an enormous array of health and social problems such as accidents, homicides and suicides, child neglect and abuse, family dysfunction and unplanned pregnancies About 7 in 10 people with diseases like hypertension, major depression and diabetes receive treatment. Sadly, only about 1 in 10 people who need treatment for substance abuse addiction receive it.

TODAY our phones are ringing constantly.

Calls for help come from parents, spouses, significant others, children, siblings, doctors, attorneys, hospital emergency rooms, and those who have reached the point where their life as an addict is no longer an option.

In 2013, Tara provided inpatient residential, outpatient and supportive living for more than 400 people—over 80% came from Indianapolis and the surrounding central Indiana counties.

Tara provides gender specific treatment at separate locations for adults. Our continuum of care includes:

  • Assessment;
  • On-site Detoxification;
  • Long-Term Residential Treatment;
  • Transitional Residential Living;
  • Outpatient Services;
  • Aftercare and Family Counseling.

Today Tara is unique in the fact that we continue to provide long-term residential treatment.

Tara’s staff consists of medical and addiction professionals, case managers and educational support staff. We also provide supportive employment and life-skills training at Ann’s Restaurant, located in downtown Franklin, Indiana.

Tara offers an expanded scope of addiction therapy beyond traditional cognitive and peer-based counseling. We provide innovative, experiential programs including equine, art, and yoga 12-step therapy. These treatment modalities combined with our professional and compassionate staff help individuals change their lives and recover from addiction. Our future plans include the addition of a Horticultural Therapy Program.

Today addiction treatment is costly.

 Ten years ago, an estimated total of $467.7 billion was spent on substance abuse and addiction by federal, state, and local government — 10.7 percent of the entire national budget.

  • For every dollar spent on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse, 95.6 cents went to “cleaning up” the consequences of the abuse.
  • 3 cents supported prevention, treatment, and research.
  • The remainder, 2.1 cents, covered taxation, regulation, and interdiction[2]

Without health insurance or even for those with health insurance, coverage for residential or outpatient treatment can be staggering.    Although without treatment in Indiana the total annual cost of substance abuse amounted to $7.1 Billion.[3]  Every $1 spent on addiction treatment saves $7 in crime and criminal justice costs.[4] When researchers added savings related to health care, the savings-to-cost ratio was 12:1.[5]

Granted, just like any chronic disease, not everyone is successful in the first, second, or even their third attempt to achieve long-lasting recovery.  Nonetheless, the social and economic costs of addiction treatment are far more effective than the costs of cleaning up the consequences.

 Today you can help.

The Ann Daugherty Scholarship Fund was established for individuals who demonstrated a need for financial assistance to participate in our programming. Donations to this fund are considered charitable by the IRS and are deductible on your itemized federal and state income tax return. Donations amounting to $100 or more during the course of any calendar year may also be eligible to receive additional “Neighborhood Assistance Program” (NAP) tax credits from your Indiana state income tax.


For more information or to make a donation contact us at:

6231 South US 31

Franklin, Indiana 46131

Ph:   812-526-2611





[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  National Vital Statistics System. 2010 Multiple Cause of Death File. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2012
2Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Highlights of the 2011 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) findings on drug-related emergency department visits. The DAWN Report. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; 2013. Available from URL:
Paulozzi LJ. Prescription drug overdoses: a review. Journal of Safety Research, 2012;
[2] National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse;  Columbia University, 2009.
[3]2008 Indiana University Center for Health Policy, Eric R. Wright, PhD, Director, Center for Health Policy, School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Professor and Division Director for Health Policy and Management, IU School of Medicine, Department of Public Health; Marion S. Greene, MPH, Program Analyst; Yong Li, PhD, Assistant Professor; Ann Marie Judson-Patrick, BA, Research Assistant
[4] Ettner, S.L., D. Huang, et al. (2006). “Benefit-cost in the
California treatment outcome project: does substance abuse
treatment ‘pay for itself’?” Health Services Research, 41(1): 192-
[5] NIDA, Principles of Addiction Treatment, 1999.