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February 12, 2019

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

Funding opportunity from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction


The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s (FSSA’s) Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) is giving counties an opportunity to support the development and capacity building of local cross-sector coalitions focused on substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery. The purpose of the grant is to allow coalitions to develop, improve and enhance county initiatives. Selected applicants will receive a one-year grant, with funding available March 1, 2019 to Feb. 29, 2020. More information and how to apply is available on the DMHA Funding webpage.

New study examines opioid overdoses in children and teenagers

A new study published by researchers from Yale University has found that almost 9,000 U.S. children and teenagers died from opioid poisoning from 1999 to 2016. More than 80 percent of the deaths to children and teens were unintentional, 5 percent were from suicide and about 2 percent were from homicide. Furthermore, nearly a quarter of the children younger than 5, and 35 percent of those younger than 1, were homicide victims. The study concludes that isolated solutions that fail to account for how entire families and communities are affected by adult opioid use are unlikely to lead to a substantive reduction in opioid deaths for either children or adults. Click here to read the full report.

New research brief focused on peer recovery coaches


The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health published a new research brief focusing on substance abuse peer recovery coaches (PRCs). The brief highlights research that has shown that PRCs can be effective in reducing both the recurrence and severity of substance use disorder, but that barriers such as labor marker discrimination and inadequate training create obstacles to the utilization and effectiveness of PRCs. The brief proposes policies aimed at improving the quantity and quality of PRCs, including creating continuing education requirement for PRCs and integrating PRCs into existing treatment and healthcare settings.

Struggling with addiction? Try these tips to find quality treatment

It can be overwhelming and confusing to know where to find treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD). With many addiction treatment options, finding a program that will provide quality care to address specific SUD issues can be challenging. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published a list of useful steps to serve as a guidance on what to look for to find a treatment program that is high quality and tailored to an individual’s specific needs. To search for treatment in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/recovery.

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Employer Opioid Strategy – Event Series

Workforce recovery

February 12, 8:00am-3:00pm
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wellness Council of Indiana are hosting several events across Indiana to empower the business community to play a lead role in fighting the opioid epidemic. The events hope to educate and guide employers through the steps they can take to support prevention, early identification, treatment and recovery of opioid use disorder in their employees. The events began in January and will last through April. Register here.

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Webinar: Leveraging Injury Prevention Efforts to Address ACEs, Suicide, and Opioid Misuse

February 13, 2:00pm and
February 26, 2:00pm

Safe States will lead a facilitated discussion with featured states in a two-part webinar series. In the first webinar, states will showcase their innovative efforts to apply a shared risk and protective factor approach to their injury prevention efforts. In the second webinar, learn about evaluation principles being successfully applied to measure this approach to injury prevention.

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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, 3:00pm 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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