Drug Overdose Prevention Information

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July 24, 2018

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

Register for free SBIRT training

Indiana SBIRT

ISDH, in partnership with the Indiana Prevention Resource Center and the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, will host free Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Provider Training. SBIRT is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent problematic use, abuse and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. This three-session training program will be offered at three different locations across the state. If spots fill up, please email indianatrauma@isdh.in.gov to be placed on the waitlist.

ISDH’s new toxicology website

ISDH is improving fatal drug overdose reporting by funding standardized toxicology testing on suspected drug overdose deaths. Beginning July 1, 2018, a new law enacted by the Indiana General Assembly requires all Indiana coroners to conduct the same toxicology screenings to gather standardized information on suspected controlled substances in fatal overdose cases. To learn more and view the preliminary toxicology results, visit our website.

Miami County syringe exchange program fails to pass

Syringe exchange

At a hearing earlier this month, the Miami County Board of Health heard extensive testimony before deciding not to declare a public health emergency due to a rising number of hepatitis C cases in the county. Declaration of a public health epidemic is a necessary step to initiate a syringe exchange program. The board ended the meeting by voting on a motion to hold a special meeting in the event that the health officer would decide to declare a hepatitis C epidemic in the county.

New 2018 Youth Survey Results

The Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) has published the results of the 28th annual Indiana Youth Survey. The survey shows that rates of electronic vapor product use increased significantly for grades 7 through 12. Overall rates of prescription drug use without a prescription decreased for grades 8 and 12 and remained statistically similar for grades 7, 9, 10 and 11.

New substance abuse center opens in Fayette County

In early July, Fayette Regional Health System opened its North Star Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Connersville. The new 46-bed unit will provide treatment for patients suffering from substance-related and mental health disorders, with priority given to those who are HIV positive. The program will be part of a comprehensive continuum of services designed to promote recovery and allow individuals to fully integrate into society.


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Register for the Rural Health Opioid Symposium


July 26/31, 9:00am - 4:00pm
The Indiana Rural Health Association and the AgrIInstitute have collaborated to host 4 Opioid Symposiums throughout the state, with the second one scheduled for July 26 in Wabash IN, and the third scheduled for July 31 in Washington, IN.

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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

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ISMA webcast: Screening & Treating Adolescents with Substance Use Disorder

August 16, 12:00pm
Substance use disorder among adolescents is devastating many youth, their families and their communities. This disorder is treatable, but more health care professionals must know how to screen, intervene and refer young people for treatment. ISMA experts will share guidance on how to do this in various clinical settings.

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