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June 19, 2018

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

White House releases new opioid campaign

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The White House, in partnership with the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Ad Council, and the Truth Initiative, recently released an ad campaign titled “The Truth About Opioids.” The campaign targets teenagers and young adults and features four 30-sec ads that each tells the story of a young person who begins to abuse opioids, becomes trapped in addiction, and is driven to risk their lives or limbs to feed the habit. Click here to visit the campaign ads.

Opioid Affected Youth Initiative offers funding

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) FY 2018 Opioid Affected Youth Initiative will fund sites to develop a data-driven coordinated response to identify and address opioid abuse challenges that impact youth and community safety. Sites will work with OJJDP and a technical assistance provider to develop data collection tools that will inform strategies and programs to be implemented by the sites to address specific challenges resulting from the opioid epidemic. The application is due July 2. There will be a webinar on June 22 to go over details of the solicitation. Click here for a FAQ.

New Office for Victims of Crime funding opportunity

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The Office for Victims of Crime is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims grant. The purpose of the funding is to address an urgent gap in services to crime victims related to the opioid epidemic and to expand existing programs or establish new ones to provide services to children and youth who are victims of the opioid crisis. Applications are due July 10.

Americans see drug addiction as a major problem in their communities

A new Pew Research Center survey has found that Americans overwhelmingly see substance abuse as a problem in their local communities. The study shows that 90 percent of Americans who live in a rural area say drug addiction is either a major or minor problem in their community, as do 87 percent in urban areas and 86 percent in the suburbs, according to the survey of 6,251 adults, conducted Feb. 26 to March 11.  Nationally, more than 63,000 people died of a drug overdose in 2016, with Indiana reporting 1,500 deaths.

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Webinar: County Health Confronts the Opioid Epidemic

June 19, 12:00pm EDT
County health professionals from the Shelby County, Tennessee and Marin County, California will share information on their programs targeted at stemming the epidemic in their communities. 

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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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Webinar: The Role of Chronic Pain

June 28, 3:00pm EDT
This webinar will explore common characteristics among people with chronic pain, challenges they often face, and factors that may place them at increased risk for adverse outcomes. Presenters will also discuss strategies, including non-pharmacological approaches, for reducing the risk of opioid overdose and suicide in this population, and explore barriers to receiving care.

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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