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February 19, 2019

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

New Indiana Project ECHO opportunity

Project ECHO IU

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes), a virtual education program offered by the Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration, is offering a free course to expand your knowledge on how to work with families that have been affected by opioid use disorder. The sessions are specifically tailored to early childhood home visitors and offer First Steps credentialing hours. To learn more about the program or to get involved, visit the Project ECHO website. The first session begins Feb. 19.

Indiana 211 launches Lyft program

With the assistance and support of the Family and Social Services Administration, Indiana 211 is launching a new statewide Lyft program. This program will offer free rides to and from substance use treatment and certified recovery support programs. Any individual who displays a current or past substance use who is not insured by Medicaid or HIP is eligible for a ride. Dial 2-1-1 to request a ride.

Medicine safety materials for elementary school children

Scholastic resources

The Scholastic Corp. has developed resources for fifth- and sixth-graders and their families regarding responsible medicine use. The resources include lesson plans, teacher/facilitator guides, student worksheets, activities, posters, assessment tools, family resources and videos. Community leaders and coalitions are encouraged to tailor the resources to the needs of their audiences. Click here to explore all available resources.

Indiana State Medical Association offers free CME webinars to satisfy new prescriber law

A new law that will go into effect July 1 requires any Indiana-licensed healthcare practitioner applying for or renewing a Controlled Substance Registration (CSR) to have completed two hours of continuing medical education (CME) on opioid prescribing and abuse during the previous two years. The Indiana Medical Licensing Board’s website has more information about the requirement. The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) houses more than a dozen webinars on the topic of opioid prescribing and abuse available at no charge that count toward the new requirement. Visit the ISMA website to access these webinars.

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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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Webinar: Recommendations for Surveillance of EMS Data for Opioid Overdoses

February 21, 3:00pm EST
Presenters will provide recommendations for mining EMS data to find opioid overdoses using approaches ranging from highly sensitive to very specific. These approaches are intended to be used by any EMS or public health agency as a starting point to inform opioid surveillance.  Register here. 

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

February 26, 2:00pm EST
Safe States will lead a facilitated discussion with featured states in a two-part webinar series. In this second webinar, learn about evaluation principles being successfully applied to measure this approach to injury prevention.

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Webinar: CDC's Response to the Opioid Epidemic

February 27, 12:00pm EST
This webinar will review CDC's past and present opioid work with States, CDC's role in combatting the opioid epidemic, the potential connections between opioid overdoses and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and potential collaborations between injury prevention professionals and state health departments to raise awareness of TBI related opioid overdoses. Register here.

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Employer Opioid Strategy – Event Series

Workforce recovery

March 5, 8:00am-3:00pm EST
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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