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November 13, 2018

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

Indiana State Police receives grant award to combat illicit opioid trafficking


The Indiana State Police (ISP) was recently awarded the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Anti-Heroin Task Force grant. Law enforcement agencies from across the country were invited earlier this year to apply for the funding to combat heroin and illicit prescription opioid trafficking. ISP’s application was one of 17 proposals funded nationally. ISP plans to use the funding to enhance traffic and criminal patrol in high risk areas, aid local law enforcement departments in responding to scenes containing suspected fentanyl or other synthetic opioids, improve data collection and accuracy, and more.

Physician/osteopathic physician continuing education

Beginning July 1, 2019, each physician or osteopathic physician renewing his or her controlled substances registration will need to have completed two hours of continuing education (CE) on the topic of opioid prescribing and opioid abuse. Physicians will be required to attest on their renewal form that they have completed the required hours. The Medical Licensing Board may then audit up to 10 percent of licensees to ensure compliance. A list of recognized CE providers can be found on the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) website: http://www.accme.org/find-cme-provider.

New guidelines for fatigue risk management in Emergency Medical Services


The National Association of State EMS officials (NASEMSO) has recently published new fatigue guidelines that aim to mitigate the effects of compassion fatigue in EMS workers who are exposed to highly-stressful traumatic events every day. An example of compassion fatigue is reviving the same person with naloxone and feeling it is not making a difference because the person continues to use drugs. The recommendations are based on a comprehensive evaluation of the best available evidence related to numerous fatigue mitigation strategies. The guidebook can be accessed here.  More resources are available online.

New campaign focuses on civil rights protections for persons in recovery

The Health and Human Services Commission Office for Civil Rights is launching a new public education campaign to highlight the department’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. The new campaign will inform the public about civil rights protections that may apply to persons in recovery from an opioid use disorder and ensure that organizations are aware of their obligation to comply with federal nondiscrimination laws. A video, titled “Federal Nondiscrimination Laws and Opioid Use Disorders,” provides more information about the campaign.

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Webcast: Psychological Considerations in Treating Chronic Pain

November 15, 12:00pm
A critical component in managing the care of patients with chronic pain is a psychological evaluation. At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to identify factors increasing the complexity of managing patients with chronic pain, comprehend components of a psychological assessment, and outline areas for future study related to the management of chronic pain. Register HERE.

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ISDH webcast: Overdose fatality review

ISDH Nov webcast

November 20, 10:00am
ISDH is hosting a live webcast on overdose fatality review (OFR) teams, which bring together multiagency, interdisciplinary stakeholders to assess whether an overdose death could have been prevented. Indiana is piloting such teams in several counties, and this webcast brings you their latest updates. Register HERE.

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Webcast: Expanding Access to OUD Treatment in Indiana: Pew’s Policy Recommendations

November 28, 11:00am
Over the last 12 months, The Pew Charitable Trusts provided technical assistance to support the State of Indiana in increasing access to opioid use disorder treatment. This webinar will highlight Pew’s policy recommendations to the state that are intended to address treatment access barriers. At the appropriate time, click 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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