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January 15, 2019

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

Opioid overdose reversal drug becomes more accessible


Through the efforts of the Indiana Recovery Alliance (IRA) and the Monroe County Health Department, thousands of naloxone kits have been distributed in Monroe County, as well as the surrounding areas. Both organizations work to get naloxone into the hands of people who struggle with opioid use disorder and their families, as well as organizations such as the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, the Monroe County probation department, and the IU Health Bloomington Hospital emergency room. To find naloxone near you, visit optin.in.gov. To read more about ISDH’S naloxone distribution efforts, click here.

New report on Medicaid coverage of medication-assisted treatment and naloxone

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recently published a report summarizing 2018 Medicaid coverage of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for alcohol and opioid-use disorder as well as naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication. The report found that all state Medicaids reimburse a variety of MAT and naloxone. However, even if state Medicaid agencies reimburse for specific medications, they may impose certain constraints, or benefit design limits, on obtaining the medication. Additionally, as part of the MAT authorization process, several states require evidence that the patient was being referred or was concurrently receiving psychosocial treatment with their medications. To read the full report, click here.

Host an event for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

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This year the National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) will be Jan. 22-27. Every year the NDAFW brings teens and scientific experts together to discuss the scientific facts about drugs, as well as their potential health effects on teen bodies and brains. Events are held throughout the country, with registrants receiving free science-based materials designed for young people. As in previous years, part of the week’s activities includes scientists and science writers answering questions from teens around the country during a live web chat called National Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day. You can host an event in your community by following the online guide here. The guide includes information to successfully plan, promote and host a community outreach project for NDAFW.

New grant opportunity for community organizations – due Jan. 31

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity, an intensive technical assistance opportunity for peer-run organizations, recovery community organizations, family-run organizations, and youth- and young adult-run organizations. The 2019 BRSS TACS Capacity Building Opportunity will offer sustained, individualized consultation, training, and peer-to-peer support for up to 25 peer-run, recovery community, family-run, or youth and young adult-run organizations. The organizations should be in one of the five designated focus areas: partnering with state systems to advance recovery, developing an integrated workforce, building infrastructure and organizational capacity, sustaining access to treatment and recovery in educational settings, and supporting reintegration. Applications are due by 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. 


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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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Webcast: Rx Awareness in Action

January 31, 2:00pm 
Many states have implemented Rx Awareness, CDC’s communication campaign that increases awareness about the dangers of prescription opioids. Watch this webinar to hear firsthand from some of these states about their successes addressing prescription opioid misuse in their communities. Learn how you can take their lessons learned and apply them to your efforts. To tune in, click this link at the appropriate date and time.

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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