Drug Overdose Prevention Information

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August 7, 2018

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

ISDH Webinar: Overdose Rapid Response Plan, Aug. 21 at 10am

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The Indiana State Department of Health is hosting a live webcast on the Overdose Response Pilot Project, a program that assesses local health department (LHDs) and county stakeholder capabilities and response readiness for a drug overdose event. An overview of the project will be provided, as well as successes, challenges, takeaways, and information about the new open grant cycle. This webcast will be specifically tailored to LHDs in Indiana.


Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31 is an annual global event that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. The event works to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends of those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. ISDH encourages organizations and agencies to host their own Overdose Awareness event or attend one near you.


Opioid overdoses in Indiana: a closer look at opioid type

An issue brief released by IUPUI’s Center for Health Policy examines fatalities by opioid type. The brief finds that until recently, prescription opioids were responsible for the greatest number of overdose deaths, but now have been surpassed by fatalities involving heroin and illicitly manufactured narcotics, primarily fentanyl. A number of approaches are available to help prevent fatal overdoses, including strengthening opioid prescribing guidelines and encouraging providers to check prescription drug monitoring programs.


Older adults support opioid Rx limits, better counseling on use and disposal

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New findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging show that nearly a third of older adults have received a prescription for an opioid pain medicine in the past two years, but many of them did not get enough counseling about the risks that come with the drugs, how to reduce their use, when to switch to a non-opioid option or what to do with leftover pills. The poll also shows that the majority of older adults would support limits on prescribing opioid pills.


How opioids reshape the brain

Scientists at Temple University are digging deeper into substance use by researching how opioids reshape the brain and how genetic factors can impact substance use disorders. By assessing the severity of an individual’s addiction, researchers can study the genetic makeup of those with the highest scores to discover DNA markers associated with severe addiction.


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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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Webcast: Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy


August 14, 3:00pm ET
This webinar will provide education and implementation tools to assist health care providers who care for pregnant women with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), encourage better communication and engagement among providers across the continuum of care, and enhance patient and family engagement through education and common language. 

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ISMA webcast: Screening & Treating Adolescents with Substance Use Disorder

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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

Individuals 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.

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Tippecanoe County Substance Use Disorder Symposium

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August 23, 8:30am - 4:30pm Pathways & Solutions - Tippecanoe County Substance Use and Disorder Symposium is a day-long conference organized to bring together community members and experts to educate, collaborate and create viable action plans to address substance use disorder in Greater Lafayette.