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January 8, 2019

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

Naloxone grant opportunity for local health departments and rural first-responders

The ISDH is accepting grant applications in response to this grant opportunity announcement for the distribution of Opioid Rescue Kits in the form of Narcan® nasal spray. The intent of this grant is to provide emergency Opioid Rescue Kits to local health departments that will be distributed to the community. The ISDH is also accepting grant applications to distribute naloxone rescue kits to first responders in rural counties. First responders include law enforcement, fire departments, corrections, schools, parole officers, and EMS services (paid or volunteer). Please email arehberg@isdh.in.gov for more information about these grants or if you have a question on whether your agency is considered a first responder under this grant. Counties that are eligible to apply are:

Adams, Blackford, Cass, Clinton, Crawford, Daviess, Decatur, DeKalb, Dubois, Fayette, Fountain, Franklin, Fulton, Gibson, Grant, Greene, Henry, Huntington, Jackson, Jay, Jefferson, Jennings, Knox, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Lawrence, Marshall, Martin, Miami, Montgomery, Noble, Orange, Parke, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, Spencer, Starke, Steuben, Switzerland, Tipton, Wabash, Warren, Wayne, White and Union counties.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 15.

New prescription drug abuse prevention course for high school students

The Office of the Indiana Attorney General joined the Prescription Drug Safety Network to bring an innovative prescription drug abuse prevention course to designated high schools in Indiana. The free digital learning course uses an evidence-based, public health approach to empower high school students with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drugs. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about drugs, how to properly use and dispose of them, and how to step in when faced with a situation involving misuse. Download this Quick Start Guide to get started with your students today. Email Kaley Esselborn (kesselborn@everfi.com) for more information, or to set up a brief training for teachers who are interested in using the resource in their classrooms.

New report finalizes 2017 drug overdose deaths in the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new report of final 2017 data detailing the growing number of drug overdose deaths in the United States. The report examines data between 2013-17, and finds increases in drug overdoses and deaths involving opioids across prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids other than methadone by demographic and geographic characteristics. In 2017 alone, there were more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths, which was an increase of more than 6,600 deaths from 2016. Opioids were involved in almost 68 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2017, a 12 percent rate increase from 2016. To read the full CDC report, click here.

Indiana’s numbers are similar, where opioids were involved in almost 63 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2017, a 45 percent increase from 2016. In addition, national rates of overdose deaths involving cocaine and psychostimulants with abuse potential also increased by more than a third in 2017. In Indiana, such rates increased by 112 percent and 139 percent, respectively.  

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Webinar: Black Women and Substance Abuse: Our Past, Present, and Future

January 8, 11:00am EST
This webinar will examine the current epidemic of overdoses, its impact on the health care, criminal justice and addiction treatment  and why Black women are uniquely impacted by these issues. Register here.

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Webinar: 2019 Legal Update: Understanding Recent Indiana Laws

January 17, 12:00pm EST
Several new requirements related to INSPECT, Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program, take effect in 2019. In this webinar, a health care attorney will review the latest requirements and answer frequently asked questions. Register here.

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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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Webinar: Mental health promotion: an opportunity for opioid overdose prevention

February 21, 2:00pm EST
The associations between mental health disorders and substance abuse are well-documented. This webinar will discuss the association between depression and opioid overdose deaths, and the implications for prevention efforts. Register here.

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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