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September 25, 2018

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

Instagram to use opioid “get support” pop-up

Instagram will soon launch a new feature: a pop-up that appears when users search drug- or substance-related hashtags, like #opioid or #uppers. It reads, "Can we help?" and is aimed at people who are dealing with opioid or substance abuse and their loved ones. Tapping "Get Support" leads to an information page, with numbers to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's national helpline (1-800-662-HELP) and Treatment Services Locator, as well as a hub for addiction resources.

New study finds that opioid prescribing decreased after release of CDC’s 2016 opioid guidelines

CDC guidelines

A recent study examined the impact of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, released in March 2016. The CDC guideline recommends evidence-based practices for opioid use for treating chronic pain — excluding cancer treatment, palliative care and end-of-life care — in patients ages 18 years and older in primary care settings. The study looked at data between 2012 and 2017 and found that the timing of the CDC's release of the guideline was associated with a decline in several key opioid prescribing practices.

CareSource works to decrease opioid prescriptions in Indiana and the Midwest

CareSource, a not-for-profit managed care organization with 1.8 million Medicaid members in five states, including Indiana, has implemented a prescription oversight program in response to the opioid epidemic. Since 2016, the insurance company has identified members at risk for substance use disorder, diversion, overdose or other adverse events, and then alerted providers about those at-risk patients. The company also tracks the volume of opioids that providers prescribe to its members. The company follows up with letters that show how their overall prescribing compares to their peers and suggesting strategies to reduce opioids in their practices. The program has lowered the number of opioids that their members are prescribed by 40 percent in the last 18 months.

Study finds that young adults are not receiving proper treatment for OUD

A new study has found that the vast majority of young adults who are struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD) are not receiving medication-assisted therapy. Such treatment is considered the gold standard for treating OUD. One of the major barriers is that treatment programs do not offer the medications and even deny entrance or insist on discontinuation of the program for anyone using the medications. To find a program or physician that offers medication-assisted therapy, visit the Next Level Recovery website.

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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. Register HERE.

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Webcast: Unlock the Power of Peers


September 27, 1pm
This webinar will focus on peer recovery support services (PRSS), which are increasingly being offered across  diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid abuse and achieve positive outcomes. Register HERE.

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Webcast: Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder

September 28, 12p
During this webinar, Dr. Tara Benjamin will debunk myths about Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in pregnancy, help us understand the history of the modern day U.S. opioid epidemic and the neurobiology of addiction, and help us recognize the barriers and challenges faced when caring for patients in this vulnerable population. Register HERE.

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Webcast: Strategies for Staying Ahead of the Trends

September 28, 1pm

Join this free webinar during which Education Development Center researchers and practitioners will share their expertise about the crucial role that prevention plays in curtailing the opioid crisis. Register HERE.

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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

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