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October 30, 2018

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

New study finds opioid prescribing remains high and varies widely

CDC opioid prescribing

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that opioid prescribing remains high and varies widely by specialty. A total of 209.5 million opioid prescriptions were dispensed in the United States from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The most common opioid prescribers were family medicine, internal medicine, nurse practitioners, physician assistant, pain medicine and dentist. This study further highlights the need for prescriber education.

Indiana Rural Opioid Consortium creates six module training course for Opioid Use Disorder

The Indiana Rural Opioid Consortium (InROC) has created a six module training course for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), which includes modules on the neuroscience of OUD, the epidemiology of OUD, and more. The series consists of six 20-to-30 minute modules each with continuing education units for Advance Practice Nurses. All courses are offered at no cost.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) releases opioid best practices

In collaboration with ASTHO, several state and territorial health officials developed a resource on opioid prevention and treatment best practices. This report, developed as  part of the 2017-18 President’s Challenge, is the culmination of a year-long multidisciplinary committee. The document focuses on four areas: prevention, prescriber guidelines, naloxone awareness and education, and treatment and recovery. Best practices include prescription take back events, prescriber education, naloxone access for families and communities and more.

Issue Brief: Indiana Drug Overdose Fatality Review

IU issue brief

The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health recently released an issue brief on Indiana drug overdose fatality review (OFR) teams. Such teams consist of multiagency, interdisciplinary teams that assess whether an overdose death could have been prevented. The ultimate goal of OFRs is to use the insights gained from such reviews to improve statewide policies, procedures, and health outcomes. The brief explains in detail the goals, function and purpose of OFRs.

Federal Office of Minority Health awards $2 million in opioid grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) recently announced a $2 million expansion of its Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative to help communities respond to the opioid epidemic. This year, OMH added awards for organizations in six communities to help racial and ethnic minority and disadvantaged populations that are disproportionately affected by the opioid epidemic. Purdue University is one of the six recipients and received an award of $350,000.


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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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Webcast: Deflection & Pre-Arrest Diversion

October 31, 2:00pm
In 2018, Illinois became the first state sign into law comprehensive 5-pathway deflection legislation. This webinar will present the ins and outs of this legislation and present a path for communities across the U.S. to do the same in support of the newly emerging field of deflection and pre-arrest diversion. Register here.

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Register for the MIPA conference!


November 29-30, 2018
This year’s conference will focus on a variety of injury and violence prevention topics, including prescription drug overdose, older adult falls, emerging hazards in child injury, and other primary injury prevention topics. Additionally, it will include presentations focusing on pediatric and adult injury prevention. Registration is now open.
Location: Indianapolis, IN

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Labor of Love Summit

November 14, 7am-5pm
This year’s Labor of Love Infant Mortality Summit will focus on where many of the risk factors for infant mortality start -- the health of the mother. The summit will feature nationally renowned experts who will share their experiences in the fight against infant mortality, centering on health care for mothers. Registration is now open.

Location: Indianapolis, IN

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