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October 9, 2018

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

New fentanyl training video for first responders

Fentanyl: The Real Deal

The Department of Justice, in partnership with nine additional federal departments/agencies, has released a new video titled Fentanyl: The Real Deal. The video has been designed to serve as short first responder training, and it reinforces key messages from the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders released in November 2017.

New fact sheets offer providers guidance on care for pregnant mothers with OUD

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released a series of Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby: Opioids in Pregnancy fact sheets. These four new fact sheets emphasize the importance of continuing a mother’s treatment throughout her pregnancy and can be distributed by a variety of healthcare professionals. Fact sheet topics include information on opioid use disorder (OUD) and pregnancy, OUD treatment, neonatal abstinence syndrome and personal considerations to address before hospital discharge.

HRSA awards more than $396 million to combat the opioid crisis

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded more than $396 million to combat the opioid crisis. Of these funds, $25.5 million has been awarded to 120 rural organizations to increase access to substance abuse prevention and treatment services for rural populations across the country. Indiana-based recipients include the Indiana Rural Health Association, Marion General Hospital and Porter Starke Services Inc. The one-year planning grants are a part of a multi-year HRSA initiative to increase access to treatment and recovery services for opioid use disorder within rural areas.

Surgeon general releases Spotlight on Opioids

Spotlight on opioids

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids, a 40-page document that calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the opioid crisis and recommends actions that can prevent and treat opioid misuse and promote recovery. The document also provides the latest data on prevalence of substance misuse, opioid misuse, opioid use disorder and overdoses.

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Local Public Health Leadership Symposium

October 10, 8:30am-3:30pm
This symposium is targeted to local health department officers, board members, and administrators. Topics include Hepatitis A, the opioid epidemic, lead, legislative updates, and more. Registration for the conference is now open. Location: Carmel, 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

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ISDH webcast: Treatment options in Indiana

ISDH webcast

October 16, 10am
ISDH is hosting a live webcast on opioid use disorder treatment programs available across the state. This will include a discussion of outpatient, inpatient and residential services, as well as programs that incorporate the use of medication assisted treatment (MAT). Register HERE.

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Webinar: Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders

October 18, 12pm
At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to outline the benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), describe the  primary medications used to treat opioid use disorder, understand the neurobiology of addiction, and more. Register HERE.

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The Women's Hospital Annual Perinatal & Neonatal Symposium

October 19, 7am-3:30pm
This symposium is a one-day conference intended for physicians and nursing professionals in the obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine and neonatology fields. This year's topic is Perinatal Substance Abuse: Challenges and Solutions. Registration for the conference is now open.
Location: Evansville, IN

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