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January 29, 2019

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

Opioid prescribing rates among primary care providers are higher in rural areas


A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that overall, opioid prescribing is significantly higher among primary care providers in rural counties than in urban counties. This report analyzed prescribing rates among primary care providers in the United States between January 2014 and March 2017. While all areas experienced “substantial decreases in prescribing” over this time period, the analysis revealed that patients in the most rural counties had an 87 percent higher chance of receiving an opioid prescription than those living in the most urban counties.

CDC releases newest opioid training for providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the final three modules in the Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids interactive online training series for healthcare providers. The latest modules focus on Opioid Use and Pregnancy, Motivational Interviewing, and Collaborative Patient-Provider Relationship in Opioid Clinical Decision Making. In these self-paced modules, providers will learn about opioid considerations in pregnancy, patient-centered communication practices, and approaches to shared opioid decision-making. Each module includes clinical scenarios, knowledge feedback prompts and a resource library to enhance learning.

ISDH publishes new perinatal substance use practice bundle

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The Perinatal Substance Use Task Force of the Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (IPQIC) has completed a toolkit for hospitals addressing substance use during pregnancy and the impact on the newborn. Over the last two years, 29 hospitals have been testing different screening and treatment protocols, algorithms and educational materials, and developing associated resources. The toolkit is based on the experience and expertise of the hospitals and is ready for hospitals across Indiana interested in addressing substance use. The toolkit covers initial screening during prenatal visits, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment protocols, discharge planning and community resources and supports for the woman and similar processes for the infant. All materials are available at https://www.in.gov/laboroflove/208.htm.

Applications now open for the peer recovery support services mentoring initiative

Altarum, a not-for-profit research and consulting organization, is accepting grant applications from organizations that are planning, starting, or are in the early stages of implementing a peer recovery support program. Each selected organization will be matched with a mentor — an experienced program that will provide consultation and support to startup programs and sustain emerging ones, learn and apply best practices in peer support in criminal justice settings, and build partnerships, infrastructure, and resources. The application, due Feb. 8, can be accessed here. The project is supported by a federal grant funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

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Webinar: Funding opportunities for your community in 2019

January 29, 1:00pm
This webinar is the first in a series of four that will help prospective applicants find funding opportunities offered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). In this webinar, attendees will learn the primary initiatives the BJA plans to fund in 2019, eligibility requirements, and estimated funding amounts. Register here.

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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: Leveraging Injury Prevention Efforts

February 13, 2:00pm
This webinar will feature representatives from states and the CDC who will share their approach to connect work across three priority areas: adverse childhood experiences, suicide prevention, and opioid misuse, with a particular emphasis on efforts to address shared risk and protective factors. Register here for this webinar.

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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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