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December 26, 2018

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

African Americans are at increasing risk of lethal fentanyl-related overdose

New research from the Center for Health and Justice Research at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute finds a dramatic increase in recent years in overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, particularly for African Americans. In 2011, the report shows that Caucasian residents faced a risk that was three times greater than that of African Americans. However, those numbers have shifted and jumped drastically. Young African American males are now the majority of victims. Such findings should serve as a call to action to develop policies and programs to address the rise in fentanyl-related deaths and the increasing disparities found among victims.

New Know the O Facts video on opioid use disorder

Know the O Facts

As part of the ongoing Know the O Facts stigma reduction campaign, a new video has been released that focuses on explaining why opioid use is a disease. It features the stories of several people in active recovery who share their struggles of battling opioid use disorder.

New opioid trainings for providers released by the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched two new opioid trainings that support providers in safer prescribing of opioids for chronic pain. The modules are part of a series of interactive online trainings that feature recommendations from the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The two new modules are called “Determining Whether to Initiate Opioids for Chronic Pain” and “Implementing CDC’s Opioid Prescribing Guideline into Clinical Practice.” Both modules include clinical scenarios and tools and a resource library to enhance learning.

New report shows that fentanyl has become the drug most frequently involved in deadly overdoses

heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil comparison

According to a new report published by the CDC, the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine, is now the drug most often involved in fatal overdoses across the United States. The report highlights that between 2011 and 2015, heroin was the most common culprit responsible for drug overdoses, but in 2016 fentanyl became the deadliest drug. To read the full report, click here.

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Webcast: Treatment Engagement Using Recovery Supports for People Experiencing Homelessness

December 27, 12:00pm
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration invites you to join national experts in a conversation about engagement, treatment and recovery supports for people experiencing homelessness. Presenters will describe evidence-based practices that treatment and recovery support service providers can use in their approach for delivering outreach, engagement, follow-up, and warm handoffs.

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16th Annual Indiana Public Policy Forum

January 22, 8:00am-4:00pm
The Indiana Rural Health Association is hosting its 16th annual public policy forum. Notable speakers include Dr. Kristina Box, State Health Commissioner, and Governor Eric Holcomb. To view the full agenda, click here.
Location: Indianapolis, IN

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2019 Indiana State Breastfeeding Conference

IN Breastfeeding conference

February 21, 8:30am-4:15pm
Registration is open for the 2019 Indiana State Breastfeeding conference, which brings together lactation professionals, doctors, midwives, doulas, nutritionists, volunteer breastfeeding counselors and others interested in evidence-based breastfeeding information.
Location: Indianapolis, IN

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Indiana CHW/CRS Annual Conference

March 15, 2019
Save the date for the 2019 Indiana Community Health Workers (CHW) / Certified Recovery Specialists (CRS) Conference,  which brings together CHW and CRS to connect and network with other helping professionals and learn knowledge and skills beneficial to their work.
Location: Indianapolis, IN