Chances are, you or someone you know has been affected by the national opioid crisis. More than 15,000 Hoosiers have died due to drug overdoses since 1999 according to an Indiana State Department of Health report published last year, with opioids continuing to be the most frequently found substance in overdose deaths.
To help educate visitors and generate constructive conversation about this timely topic, the Indiana State Museum introduces FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis, on display now through Feb. 7, 2021.
Located on the third floor of the downtown Indianapolis-based museum, FIX occupies 7,000 square feet of gallery space with interactive displays that touch on many of the myths and misconceptions that surround addiction and opioid use disorder.
The multimedia exhibits test viewers’ knowledge on what opioids are and how they affect users, incorporating inspiring personal stories from Hoosiers in recovery. The giant brain is sure to engage the imaginations of younger guests, and a library area with seating offers books and resources to explore.
FIX visitors come away enlightened as to the correct language and terms to use when talking about opioid use disorder and recovery, as well as tools and ideas to help fight this ongoing crisis.
Upcoming FIX-related programming includes a series of “Courageous Conversations” and presentations at other Indiana State Museum sites and public libraries around the state.