Colts Partner with Ind. AG for Drug Abuse Awareness
July 22, 2014 — The Indianapolis Colts are teaming up with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller to help increase awareness of the state’s prescription drug abuse problem, which Zoeller calls an “epidemic.”
According to a press release from Zoeller’s office, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that Indiana is currently listed as one of the top 10 states for prescribing narcotics, and Indiana is 17th in the country in the drug overdose mortality rate.
Zoeller says, “Teaming up with the Colts and their professional athletes will allow us to focus public attention on this epidemic and the need to help those held in the grasp of pain and addiction. My hope is that, with the support of the Colts we can save many lives from this growing problem.”
The partnership will give the Indiana Prescription Drug Task Force a presence during Colts home games, at Colts special events, and during Colts radio and TV programming.
Zoeller says the sponsorship is being paid for by the Indiana Consumer Protection Settlement Fund, which receives funds from court-ordered settlements of pharmaceutical litigation involving illegal off-label marketing, and no taxpayer money is being used for the sponsorship.