Drug Overdose Prevention Information

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July 17, 2018

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

New opioid data on ISDH’s Stats Explorer

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ISDH has released new data on Stats Explorer. The online dashboard now includes drug overdose deaths sorted by drug types, including benzodiazepines, cocaine, other psychostimulants and synthetic opioids. Users can visit the site, select “county opioid profile” form the drop down menu, and look at the numbers dating back to 2011.

Deadline extended for Opioid Affected Youth Initiative 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. Applications are now due Aug. 2. Click here for a FAQ.

More children and teens dying from injuries

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that the total death rate for people ages 10 to 19 rose 12 percent between 2013 and 2016, mostly due to an increase in deaths from accidental injury (including drug overdoses), homicide and suicide. The opioid crisis, traffic crashes, and firearms play central roles in these increases.

2018 Indiana Public Health Conference

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This year’s Indiana Public Health Conference will take place Oct. 10 and 11 at the Indianapolis Marriott East. The event will focus on reducing the harm and stigma related to drug use. Highlighted topics include delivery and access to naloxone, syringe service programs, law enforcement diversion programs, medication-assisted treatment and more. The registration will open soon. To submit an abstract, exhibit, or sponsor click here.

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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