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June 12, 2018

Here are your weekly opioid epidemic updates from the Indiana State Department of Health:

Opioid traces found in shellfish off the coast of Seattle


CNN has reported that a study by the Puget Sound Institute has found traces of oxycodone, a potent and addictive opioid, in the tissues of mussels from Seattle area harbors. Mussels in the area are also testing positive for seven kinds of antibiotics, five types of antidepressants, multiple antidiabetic drugs, and a chemotherapy agent. This further highlights the need to educate the public to refrain from flushing unused medications down the toilet. You can learn more about proper medication disposal here.

U.S. life expectancy decreases for a third year in a row

The national death rate rose last year, and 2017 will likely mark the third straight year of decline in American life expectancy, according to preliminary data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Death rates rose for Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, flu and pneumonia, suicides, shootings and drug overdoses. You can access Indiana’s mortality reports here.

Opioid treatment center set to open in June

The Bowen Recovery Center in Fort Wayne will open its doors later this month. This opioid treatment facility will
offer medication-assisted treatment and onsite individual and group outpatient counseling.

ISDH WEBCAST: Harm Reduction: One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

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The Indiana State Department of Health is hosting a live webcast on Tuesday June 19 at 10am on harm reduction,
a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. This webinar will feature a discussion on syringe service programs and naloxone as harm reduction tools. Finally, it will cover the intersections between harm reduction and substance use prevention.

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Webinar: Increase Community Engagement

Indiana Hospital Association

June 12, 3:00pm EDT
This webinar, presented by the Indiana Hospital Association, will feature Marion General Hospital and how they engage with numerous stakeholders across Grant County to address opioid misuse and abuse.

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17th Annual System of Care Conference

June 14, 8am-4pm

The Indiana System of Care Conference is an annual conference event where hundreds of professionals and advocates involved in mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and education gather to learn new and innovative ways to serve youth and to collaborate with families and child serving systems.

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Webinar: Chronic Pain Management and Integrative Pain Methods

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June 21, 12:00pm EDT
Webinar participants will hear from Palmer Mackie, MD, who will discuss integrative approaches to relieving chronic pain such as physical and occupational therapy, hypnosis, cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation and guided imagery techniques, acupuncture, trigger point injections, nutritional medicine and exercise.  

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Public Safety + Public Health Opioid Conference


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August 14

Target audience: Law enforcement, healthcare professionals, local health department professionals, community outreach coordinators, educators, judicial system representatives and coroners