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June 26, 2018

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

Spotlight on local efforts: New Allen County report


The Community Research Institute at Purdue University Fort Wayne recently released a new report evaluating the opioid crisis in Fort Wayne and Allen County. The report suggests the need for additional programs to educate the public about the problem and how to prevent it; improved intervention strategies and resources; and additional treatment options. It also called for changes to enforcement that would provide more recovery services for people in the criminal justice system and encourage people to seek help by allowing people to call 911 or surrender to police without criminal penalty. To access a one-page summary of the report, click here.

New treatment funding available to rural counties

Fourth-nine Indiana counties are eligible to apply for the new Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning grant. The purpose of the funding is to support treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in rural counties at the highest risk for substance use disorder, including the 220 U.S. counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as at-risk for HIV and Hepatitis C infections due to injection drug use. Applications are due July 30.

Fairbanks School of Public Health studies intersection of mental illness, substance use and suicide

The Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health’s June brief looks at the shared risks and protective factors for mental illness, substance misuse and suicide. The brief discusses evidence that suggests these disorders often co-occur and share many of the same risk and protective factors. Additionally, certain populations are at an increased risk of developing substance use disorder, mental illness, or engaging in suicidal behaviors. The report states that nationally and in Indiana, several factors — including stigma, an undersized mental health workforce, and limited treatment options — inhibit the effective identification and treatment of these conditions.

Indiana adapts text-to-911 in emergencies

Residents in all 92 Indiana counties can now send texts to 911 if they're unable to speak to dispatchers on the telephone. Indiana is the only state where 911 operators can initiate texts after receiving a disconnected or dropped 911 call. Call (or text) 911 when witnessing an overdose, even after administering naloxone.

For prescribers: Order the free MAT pocket guide!

SAMHSA's MAT pocket guide

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) developed a pocket guide for physicians using medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for patients with opioid use disorder. The guide discusses the various types of approved medications, screening and assessment tools, and best practices for patient care.

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Webinar: Peer Support for Young Adults

June 28, 2:00pm EDT
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is hosting a webinar about peer supports for youth and young adults living with serious mental illness or substance use disorders. Presenters will discuss strategies for developing and sustaining peer supports for young adults in a variety of settings.

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Webinar: The Role of Chronic Pain

June 28, 3:00pm EDT
SAMHSA's 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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Register for the Rural Health Opioid Symposium


July 10, 9am - 4pm
The Indiana Rural Health Association and the AgrIInstitute have collaborated to host 4 Opioid Symposiums throughout the state, with the first one scheduled for July 10 in White County. The agenda for the event can be found here.

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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