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October 16, 2018

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

ISDH webcast: A road to recovery

Oct. 16 ISDH webcast

Tuesday Oct. 16, 10am
The Indiana State Department of Health 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. The webinar will also cover the Fresh Start Recovery Program, which provides opioid treatment services to current and expectant mothers. You can view the live webcast by clicking HERE, and selecting
"live videos" in the upper right hand corner.

New publications available on implementing tobacco cessation programs in substance use disorder treatment settings

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released three new tobacco cessation publications for providers and clients that are geared specifically toward substance use disorder (SUD) treatment settings. The publications are resources for SUD treatment providers, program directors and their clients. They include information about how to implement tobacco cessation programs, outline the benefits of such programs, and about how to reduce the use of tobacco products among clients with SUD.

Short animation depicts how naloxone works


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has put together a short animation on how naloxone, the opioid overdose-reversal medication, works in the body.

Justice department awards almost $320 million to combat opioid crisis

The U.S. Department of Justice announced it is awarding almost $320 million to combat the opioid crisis in America. The funding will directly help those most impacted by the crisis, including crime victims, children, families and first responders. Indiana-based awardees include the Indiana State Department of Health, Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and Marion Superior Court. A full list of grantees, along with the award amounts, can be found here.

The VA plans to add naloxone to defibrillator cabinets for quicker overdose response

The Veterans Administration (VA), building on a project started in Boston, is moving to add naloxone kits to automated external defibrillator cabinets in its buildings across the country, an initiative that could become a model for other healthcare organizations. This move was precipitated by data showing that veterans have nearly twice the risk of overdose compared to civilians.

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Webcast: 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, 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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Webcast: First Responder Burnout Prevention

October 23, 2pm
This webinar will examine the causes of first responder burnout with consideration given to stresses arising from response to the opioid epidemic. Panelists will discuss methods to identify burnout in first responders or their partners, and recommendations to help first responders access resources to manage stress more effectively. Register here.

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Webcast: State Options for Promoting Recovery among Pregnant and Parenting Women with SUD

October 24, 1pm
This webinar will highlight Colorado- a state that is coordinating across agencies and systems to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting women affected by substance use disorder (SUD). Speakers will describe the coverage, financing, and care delivery strategies that their state agencies leverage to facilitate recovery among pregnant and parenting women with SUD. Register here.

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2018 Indiana Drug Abuse Symposium

October 29-30, 7:30am-4:30pm
Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Indiana Drug Abuse Symposium, hosted by the Indiana Attorney General's Office.  
Location: Noblesville, IN

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