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August 21, 2018

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

New campaign on drugged driving

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is rolling out a new public education campaign about the dangers of drugged driving. Like drunk driving, drugged driving is impaired driving, which means it is dangerous and illegal. Whether the drug is legally prescribed or illegal, driving while drug-impaired poses a threat to the driver, passengers and others on the road. The taglines of the campaign are “If You Feel Different, You Drive Different” and “Drive High ― Get a DUI.” Media materials include digital banner ads, radio ads, social media content and more.  

The Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative’s (PTACC) new website

PTACC has recently launched its new website. PTACC develops resources and tools that help to advance pre-arrest diversion and provide guidance to practitioners in the field, to their research partners and to community members. Pre-arrest diversion provides an alternative to arrest for people with substance use and mental health conditions, as well as for those who have committed nonviolent misdemeanors. The new website will serve to provide support to communities across the country looking to start or improve their own pre-arrest diversion initiatives. The website will highlight the efforts of workgroups within PTACC’s six strategy areas: leadership; treatment, housing, and recovery; public safety; community, diversity and inclusion; research; and policy and legislation.

Opioids after wisdom teeth surgery linked to risk of long-term use


According to a recently published study, young adults between ages 13 and 30 who fill an opioid prescription before or after having their wisdom teeth removed are 2.7 times more likely to demonstrate continued opioid use. Based on the findings, the researchers urged dentists and oral surgeons to consider prescribing non-opioid pain relievers instead of opioids for those patients.

Study finds that rates of pregnant women with opioid use disorder has increased

A new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that nationwide the rate of opioid use disorder among pregnant women more than quadrupled between 1999 and 2014. Use of opioid drugs, whether heroin or prescription pain relievers, during pregnancy harms both the mother and child and can lead to stillbirth, preterm labor, neonatal abstinence syndrome and, in some cases, the mother’s death. 

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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.

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Join the Voices for Recovery Rally

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September 7, 11:00am - 2:00pm 

The Alpha Tau Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is hosting a Voices for Recovery Rally at Ivy Tech Community College to celebrate National Recovery Month. Organizations will be available to offer information and resources on prevention, treatment, and recovery options. Attendees can rally/walk to celebrate individuals and families in long-term recovery, raise overdose awareness, and memorialize lost loved ones. Educational speakers will be in attendance to focus on important topics related to the opioid epidemic. The event will take place in Ogle Hall in the Horseshoe Community Room in Sellersburg, Indiana. 

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Indiana Emergency Response Conference


September 12-15, 2018
The Indiana Emergency Response Conference is now open for registration. Fire, EMS, law enforcement, HAZMAT, special ops, and emergency management personnel are invited to attend. The event will take place at Sheraton Indianapolis at Keystone Crossing.