Drug Overdose Prevention Information

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September 4, 2018

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

SAMHSA releases Spanish version of Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit


The updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit has been translated into Spanish and was just released and is available here. The free toolkit contains strategies for communities, healthcare providers and local governments for the development of policies and best practices for prevention of opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Resources are also available for prescribers, patients, families and those in recovery.

MMWR report discusses occupational patterns seen in overdose deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used National Occupational Mortality Surveillance (NOMS) mortality data to look at unintentional or undetermined drug overdose mortality within 26 occupation groups during 2007-2012. The highest proportional mortality ratio (PMR) for drug overdose deaths, and for both heroin-related and prescription opioid-related overdose deaths, was seen within the construction occupations. The construction, extraction and healthcare practitioner occupation groups had the highest PMRs from natural and semisynthetic opioids, methadone, and synthetic opioids, other than methadone. 

Changes in prescription fills after Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion

A recent publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network discusses whether the U.S. Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion affected prescription fills for opioid pain relievers (OPRs) and buprenorphine with naloxone. Findings show that the Medicaid expansion was associated with a significant increase in filled prescriptions for buprenorphine with naloxone; significantly more people filled OPR prescriptions that were paid for by Medicaid. These findings show that the Medicaid expansion “may increase the role of states in providing opioid use disorder treatment and in paying for opioid pain relievers for pain management.” 

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.

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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. The event will take place in Ogle Hall in the Horseshoe Community Room in Sellersburg, Indiana. 

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Annual Northeast Indiana Regional Training

September 12, 8:00am - 3:30 pm
Join us for our annual regional training featuring Officer Jermaine Galloway. Tall Cop Says Stop, High in Plain Sight: Current Alcohol, Drug, & Concealment Identifiers and Trends. After attending one of his presentations, you will know what is out there, where to find it, how people are abusing it, and you will have the knowledge to stop it. "You Can’t Stop What You Don’t Know." This will take place at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne South Campus, 7602 Patriot Crossing, Fort Wayne, IN 46816.

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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.