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July 10, 2018

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

ISDH Webcast: Indiana's Toxicology Rollout

ISDH July webcast

Tuesday July 17, 10am EDT

This webcast will focus on Indiana's statewide toxicology testing program that requires Indiana coroners to perform toxicology screenings as of July 1, 2018, on any person who is suspected of dying from a drug overdose. This webinar will cover why this requirement became law during the last legislative session, why it is important and present some preliminary findings. It will also feature an explanation of how coroners should dull out death certificates based on toxicology findings. To register for free, please visit https://indiana_tox.eventbrite.com.

INSPECT Reports on Controlled Substance Prescriptions released

The 2017 Quarter 4 and the 2018 Quarter 1 INSPECT reports are now available for viewing on ISDH’s Overdose Prevention website. Reports are available for all 92 Indiana counties. Users can simply scroll over the county they are interested in viewing and click on that county to choose which report they want to view. Each county report provides information such as the volume and type of opioid prescriptions dispensed in that quarter.

Scientists can track the spread of opioids in sewers


Researchers from Biobot Analytics have developed technology that can measure traces of drugs in sewers. Water sampling robots can test stool and urine found in the water supply to see what opioids have passed through the human body and eliminated as waste. The robots can distinguish between drugs that were ingested and drugs that were flushed down the toilet. The data collected could help cities and counties to better understand the types of opioids circulating in their communities. 

REMINDER: Register for INSPECT integration initiative

INSPECT, Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program, has been integrating its data within Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems since August 2017. The integration eliminates the need for providers to leave their workflow to access the INSPECT web portal to check a patient’s controlled substance prescription history. This integration is being phased in for more healthcare providers over the next three years, starting with emergency departments and pain clinics by January 2019. Healthcare administrators who are interested in this integration within their healthcare facilities need to register here. After registration, Appriss Health will contact you and/or your EHR/pharmacy management system vendor with next steps.

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2018 Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair

 July 19-22
The core goal of the Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair is to increase minority awareness of chronic diseases and how to prevent them. The fair also works towards raising public awareness of the health issues that disproportionately affect minorities.

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Webinar: The Opioid Epidemic: Medical Societies' Views and Clinical Realities

July 19, 12:00pm

Webinar participants will hear from Christopher Annis, MD, anesthesiologist and pain management specialist. Dr. Annis will discuss medical and specialty societies’ views and current positions on safe, judicious and responsible opioid prescribing.

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Register for the Rural Health Opioid Symposium


July 31, 9:00am - 4:00pm
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 31 in Washington, IN. The agenda for the event can be found here.

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Public Safety + Public Health Opioid Conference

Public Safety + Public Health Opioid Conference

August 14, 8:30am - 3:30pm

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