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September 11, 2018

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

Check out ISDH’s reports on naloxone distribution


The ISDH compiles quarterly and annual reports on its naloxone distribution efforts. The reports for the first, second and third rounds of the program can be viewed at the overdose prevention website. Each report lists which local health departments (LHD) received kits, how many kits were distributed, how each LHD distributed the kits and more.

FDA plans to encourage the development of non-opioid pain medications


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning new steps to encourage the development of non-addictive alternatives to opioid pain medications. Over the next six to 12 months, the agency plans to issue several documents intended to spur development of medications for specific types of pain. The result should lead to smaller clinical trials, faster approvals and quicker launches of novel therapies.

Prenatal use of opioids results in learning disabilities

A new study shows that learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms caused by their mother’s drug use while pregnant. The authors highlight the importance of early intervention, especially before the children reach school age, to give them a better chance of academic success.

Webcast: Prime time for substance abuse prevention programs

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ISDH is hosting a live webcast on substance abuse prevention programs that are being implemented across the state. Evidence-based programs discussed will include Life Skills Training; Project Towards No Drug Use; Strengthening Families; Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), and others. Participants will learn about the programs and how to implement them in their communities. Register HERE for the webcast.

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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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Webcast: Changing the Game: Sports Medicine and the Opioid Crisis

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September 20, 12pm
Sports medicine physicians play a key role in pain management for musculoskeletal injuries. In this program, speakers will discuss the role of the “team behind the team” and how sports medicine physicians can help reduce the misuse of prescribed opiate medications. Register HERE.

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Webcast: Purdue Extension's Combating Opioids Webinar Series

September 25, 2:00pm
Recent investigations into the factors driving the opioid crisis have typically fallen into either supply-side explanations (e.g. increased supply of prescription opioids) or demand-side factors (e.g. employment, mental health, relationships). This webinar focuses on the current research investigating demand-side factors influencing overdose deaths in the U.S. and aims to synthesize the findings into a unified narrative.

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2018 Indiana Public Health Conference

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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

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