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July 31, 2018

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

Mobile opioid crisis response team expands to Jackson County


Centerstone, a not-for-profit providing mental health and substance abuse treatment, is extending its mobile opioid crisis response team to Jackson County. The team is responsible for engaging community members, law enforcement, healthcare workers and clergymen to make referrals for anyone who has experienced a drug overdose. Once the referral is made, Centerstone provides recovery coaches and other services to support recovery. The response team also serves Bartholomew, Brown, Jennings, Lawrence, Morgan and Monroe counties.

Fentanyl-related deaths double in one year

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that across 10 states the number of overdose deaths involving the potent narcotic fentanyl and variations of the drug nearly doubled between the last half of 2016 and the first half of 2017. Fentanyl is being detected in combination with drugs such as benzodiazepines, counterfeit opioid pills, ketamine and methamphetamine. Click here to view the full report.

Purdue Extension offers prevention education

Purdue Extension is addressing Indiana’s opioid crisis by providing community-based prevention education. The organization is offering an eight-hour training titled “Mental Health First Aid” to teach participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Several courses will be offered at various locations across the state. Click here to sign up.

Drug Enforcement Administration gains more control over opioid manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Justice has finalized a rule that would increase the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA’s) authority over the production of opioids. The rule gives the agency the power to lower manufacturing quotas if it believes that large amounts of an opioid are being diverted for misuse. The regulation also requires the DEA to share more information about the quotas with state attorneys general, who could ask for hearings if they object to the DEA's production limits.

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.

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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 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 ET
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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Webinar: MAT Reentry Programs


August 16, 1:30pm ET

ndividuals exiting prisons and jails have an increased likelihood of opioid overdose. Some corrections systems have chosen to address this risk through the use of reentry programs that incorporate medication-assisted treatment (MAT). The Bureau of Justice Assistance is hosting a webinar about two such reentry programs at work in the field today.