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December 11, 2018

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

High number of recent overdoses prompts the Marshall County Health Department to offer public naloxone trainings


The Marshall County Health Department was recently notified by the Indiana State Department of Health’s Overdose Surveillance Team of a spike in drug overdose events in Marshall County for the period of Nov. 24-25. The county experienced seven non-fatal drug overdoses in the two-day period. In response, the local health department will be hosting naloxone trainings on Dec. 11. The trainings will be open to the public and each participant will receive a free naloxone kit.

U.S. life expectancy falls third year in a row

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently released a report showing a decrease in U.S. life expectancy for the third year in a row. The drop is primarily driven by an increase in suicide rates and drug overdoses. The CDC has finalized 2017 drug overdose mortality data which shows that more than 70,000 people died in 2017 due to a drug overdose, an increase of 10 percent from the previous year. Suicide rates have become the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States, and the second most common cause of death for people ages 10 to 34.

Another drug crisis: Methamphetamine use by pregnant women

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A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health confirms the rise in meth use among pregnant women and provides new data illustrating the scope of the problem. The research, which analyzed hospital discharge records between 2004 and 2015, found that as opioid use among pregnant women has grown in recent years, so has their use of amphetamines, and particularly methamphetamine. The increased rates of amphetamine use grew disproportionately in three regions of the United States — the South, Midwest and West.

Bloomberg Philanthropies will donate $50 million to battle opioid epidemic

Bloomberg Philanthropies will donate $50 million to states fighting the opioid epidemic, an effort to support existing programs and encourage new approaches. Pennsylvania, which suffered 5,388 drug overdose deaths in 2017, more than any other state, will receive the first grant, expected to total more than $10 million over three years. The organization plans to award more funding to states in 2019.

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Webcast: Handle with Care

December 12, 2:00pm
The Bureau of Justice Assistance invites participants to view this webinar, which showcases Handle With Care, an initiative that aims to mitigate the negative effects experienced by children exposed to trauma, including an arrest or incident related to opioid use. Register HERE.

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Webcast: Exploring Housing as a Lever of Health

December 13, 11:00am
Housing—how it is built, renovated, and maintained—plays a vital role in supporting, or hindering, individual and community health and well-being. Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a webinar exploring the intersection between housing and health. Register HERE.

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Webcast: Faith-Based Engagement in Urban Communities

December 13, 1:30pm
This webinar will focus on providing concrete strategies to engage faith based organizations in the development and implementation of behavioral health services and support for children, youth and young adults. Register HERE.

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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 aims to improve the treatment of opioid use disorder in rural and underserved areas by educating primary care clinicians to provide specialty care services through virtual video-conferencing. This webinar will highlight how health care providers can get involved in the Opioid ECHO clinics. Register HERE.

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