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September 11, 2018

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

New treatment center focused on mothers to open in Bartholomew County

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The Indiana chapter of Volunteers of America, which administers the residential substance abuse treatment program called Fresh Start, has recently purchased a building in Columbus, Indiana, which will be developed into a 23-bed residential facility. The facility will provide substance use disorder treatment for expectant women and mothers and is set to open in 2019. The program already has centers in Indianapolis and Winchester. Visit Next Level Recovery to view all available treatment centers in Indiana.

New CDC report examines circumstances surrounding opioid overdose deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that analyzes data from more than 11,000 opioid overdose deaths between July 2016 and July 2017 in 11 states (excluding Indiana). The data have shown that most opioid overdose deaths involved illicit opioids only, and 17.4 percent of deaths involved prescription opioids only. Bystanders to the overdose, who could have potentially intervened, were documented in 44 percent of deaths; laypersons rarely carried and therefore rarely administered naloxone. To acquire naloxone in Indiana, visit optIN and search for locations near you. The majority of local health departments across Indiana distribute free naloxone.

As the DEA implements opioid production limits, hospitals face opioid shortages

Hospitals might be facing opioid shortages as government regulations tighten on opioid production, such as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration proposal to reduce opioid manufacturing for 2018 by 20 percent. The shortage may have negative consequences for patients who are admitted to the hospital with poorly controlled pain; patients who have undergone painful procedures, such as major surgeries; as well as those receiving cancer treatment.

Opioids have sparked an HIV outbreak in Massachusetts

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Between 2015 and 2018, two industrial cities in Massachusetts have seen a surge of new HIV cases among people who use intravenous drugs. The majority of cases were among white men between the ages of 20 and 39, and 90 percent of them had also been infected with hepatitis C at some point in their lives. This outbreak is akin to the HIV outbreak that occurred in Scott County, Indiana, in 2015. This serves as a reminder that this can happen in any community unless efforts are made to reach those who are often outside the scope of medical care.

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Annual Northeast Indiana Regional Training

September 12, 8:00am - 3:30 pm
Join the Northeast Indiana Regional Advisory Board at their annual regional training featuring keynote speaker Officer Jermaine Galloway. The training also includes breakout sessions on naloxone, peer recovery, and more. Location: Fort Wayne, IN.

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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.

Location: Sheraton Indianapolis at Keystone Crossing.

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2nd Annual South Central Opioid Summit

September 18-19, 9am-4pm
The Monroe County Government is hosting their 2nd Annual South Central Opioid Summit. This event works to examine issues around harm reduction, medication assisted treatment, housing first models, and more.
Location: Bloomington, IN

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2018 Indiana Public Health Conference

Indiana PH Conference

October 11, 9am-4pm
The theme for the 2018 public health conference is harm reduction, a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Registration for the conference is now open.
Location: Indianapolis, IN