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August 7, 2018

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

New Fresh Start Recovery Center opens in Randolph County

Ribbon cutting

Public officials and not-for-profit leaders took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 1 at Winchester House, Volunteers of America of Indiana’s new Fresh Start Recovery Center for mothers with children and pregnant women recovering from addiction. The 23-bed residential treatment program offers a stable environment for participants receiving addiction treatment, therapy, and education in parenting and life skills. Treatment is provided free. Visit their website to refer a client to the program. 


United Way of Porter County releases Opioid Crisis Report

The United Way of Porter County recently released its 2018 Opioid Crisis Report, which summarizes the Porter County opioid crisis in both the national and state context. This community assessment, which includes data analysis and community conversation notes, will serve as the basis for developing solutions to the opioid crisis in Northwest Indiana. The agency has also released an accompanying infographic.


The 2017 Infant Mortality & Morbidity Annual Report is now available

The report highlights the efforts of the ISDH-funded Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (IPQIC) to improve outcomes for Indiana’s mothers and babies. Efforts include the establishment of the lactation safe sleep task force, the piloting of new standards for the rapid detection and intervention for mothers and infants impacted by substance use, the Indiana State Breastfeeding Conference and more. 


New Substance Abuse Infographic from Healthy People 2020

Adolescent alcohol use

Each month the federal Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion releases an infographic with the latest data related to a Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicator (LHI) topic. These infographics show progress toward Healthy People 2020 LHI targets — and show where there’s still work to be done. This month’s featured LHI topic is substance abuse. Check out the infographic here.


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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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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. For more information and registration click here.