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December 3, 2018

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

New opioid misuse data tool

NORC opioid misuse tool

The National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have created an online tool to allow users to map overdose hotspots and overlay them with data that provide additional context to opioid addiction and death - including the strength and diversity of local economies, ethnicity, educational attainment and disability status of residents. The tool utilizes data between two timeframes, 2007-2011 and 2012-2016, which can be broken down by state and even by county.

Co-prescribing naloxone to patients at risk of overdose

The American Medical Association’s Opioid Task Force encourages physicians to consider co-prescribing naloxone with opioids when it is clinically appropriate to do so, such as in cases where the patient may have a history of substance abuse or the patient has a concurrent benzodiazepine prescription. Though co-prescribing naloxone is not a guarantee for an overdose reversal, it does provide a tangible option for care that otherwise may not be available in a timely manner. Co-prescribing naloxone is supported by a broad range of organizations, including the World Health Organization, U.S. health agencies (CDC, SAMHSA), and many patient, consumer and other advocacy groups.

The intersection of traumatic brain injury and the opioid epidemic


A new paper published in the journal Addictive Behaviors highlights the intersection between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the opioid epidemic. It is estimated that 20 percent of non-institutionalized adults have experienced at least one TBI with a loss of consciousness during their lifetime. It has been demonstrated that survivors of TBI are at risk for problem substance use, post-injury. Practitioners can proactively mitigate potential opioid use problems by identifying high-risk populations, which includes individuals with a history of TBI. Clinicians considering initiation of opioids for pain should complete an evaluation of a patient's history of TBI and follow existing clinical guidelines when prescribing opioids.

Overdose deaths dropped in Dayton, Ohio – lessons learned for other cities

Dayton, Ohio, had one of the highest opioid overdose death rates in the nation in 2017 and the worst in Ohio. The city made many changes, and fatal overdoses are down more than 50 percent from the previous year. Changes included expanding Medicaid to give more low-income adults access to free addiction and mental health treatment, increasing the availability of naloxone and developing better post-treatment support.

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2018 Indiana Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration Conference

December 7, 8:00am-3:45pm
The Indiana Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration Conference aims to bring together a variety of stakeholders across Indiana to work together collaboratively and build the state's capacity for integrated care. Speakers will share innovations, concepts, and outcomes of integrated care. Registration is now open. Location: Indianapolis, IN

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Webcast: Dreamland - America’s Opiate Epidemic And How We Got Here

December 7, 2:00pm
Purdue Extension will be hosting journalist and author Sam Quinones to discuss his most recent book Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic.There is no registration or fee for attending this webinar.To join the webinar go to http://ncrcrd.adobeconnect.com/ncrcrd1 at the appropriate date and time.

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ISDH Webcast: To serve and protect: Law enforcement's efforts to curb the opioid epidemic

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December 18, 10:00am
The ISDH is hosting a live webcast on the opioid epidemic from a law enforcement perspective. The webcast will discuss how the criminal justice community in Indiana is tackling the epidemic, drug trends in Indiana and the use of tools, such as drug courts and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs. Register HERE.

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Webcast: Project ECHO: Tele-mentoring Program for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

December 20, 12:00pm
The Opioid ECHO project is a free partnership between local primary care providers and a team of specialists from Indiana University. It aims to improve the treatment of opioid use disorder in rural and underserved areas by educating primary care clinicians through virtual video-conferencing to provide specialty care services. This webinar will highlight how health care providers can get involved in the Opioid ECHO clinics. Register HERE.

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