Drug Overdose Prevention Information

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August 28, 2018

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

Local health department funding opportunity: Apply now through Sept 28, 2018

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) invites local health departments to apply for a grant to work on drug overdose response planning. The purpose of the ISDH overdose response project is to assess county-level capabilities and response readiness of local health departments (LHDs) and county stakeholders to overdose events. Here you will find what you need to apply for the overdose response project, including the project application instructions, budget template, and appendix B & C in Word format. Any Indiana LHD is welcome to apply. Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. Sept. 28.

Recent report released on naloxone administration during EMS events


A new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention details naloxone administrations obtained from National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) data. The report compares the trend in rate of EMS naloxone administrations between 2012 and 2016 to opioid overdose mortality rates taken from the National Vital Statistics System. The research shows that there is an increase in the rate of all naloxone administrations by EMS that parallels the increase in the rate of fatal opioid overdoses. This data can be used to evaluate health interventions over time and compare state data with national averages.

Oral health and the opioid crisis: New trainings available online

The Indiana State Department of Health Oral Health Division has launched two courses covering the intersection of oral health and the opioid crisis. The first course is titled “Dentistry and Basic Non-Opioid Prescribing in Pain” and is also available as a Continuing Education course for dentists here. The second course is called “The Opioid Crisis and Orofacial Pain Management” and contains information about the opioid crisis and how this crisis impacts the management of orofacial pain by oral health care providers.

NPR releases article on naloxone awareness and willingness to administer if needed

After U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams urged more Americans to carry naloxone, NPR put out a survey that queried more than 3,000 households nationwide on their knowledge about naloxone availability, their attitudes toward using it, and any past experiences with the antidote. About 59 percent of respondents were aware of naloxone and knew it could be administered by laypersons; 58 percent of respondents said they would be willing to use Narcan nasal spray to help someone who had overdosed; 68% would be willing to use the auto-injector. All of the questions and full responses can be found 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.

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You Are Not Alone: How opioid use is affecting your friends and family

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October 18, 6:00 PM
“Why?” This is often the question we hear from loved ones when a friend or family member has experienced opioid or other drug addictions. If you have questions about addiction issues, Centerstone is offering a free education session that is open to the public. This will take place at the Lawrence County Public Library.