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February 26, 2019

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

Google Maps will now show where to dispose drugs

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Google Maps is taking steps to help combat the opioid epidemic. The company recently announced it will show people where to discard unneeded medications, at places such as local pharmacies, hospitals and government buildings. Users can type “drug drop off near me” or “medication disposal near me” to see locations on Google Maps.

Medicaid spending for treatment of opioid use disorder has increased dramatically

The Urban Institute has recently published a report that shows prescriptions and spending increased dramatically between 2010 and 2017 on Medicaid-covered medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) and opioid overdose. For example, Medicaid spending for buprenorphine, naltrexone and naloxone increased from $190 million to $888 million. However, opioid-related death rates remain high, suggesting that treatment rates for OUD and opioid overdose remain low and are not meeting demand, even among Medicaid expansion states. You can find the full report here.

New grant opportunity for evidence-based school social services

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The Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction is providing a grant opportunity to fund evidence-based programs that provide social services to children, parents, caregivers, teachers and community partners in elementary, middle and high schools. The goals of the grants are to prevent substance misuse/abuse, promote healthy behaviors and maximize student success. Indiana public schools, school corporations, local education agencies, community mental health centers and other social service agencies are eligible to apply and must demonstrate partnerships with the local System of Care. Applications are due March 15.

White House releases national drug control strategy

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recently released the Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy that establishes the president’s priorities for addressing the challenge of drug trafficking and use. The policy outlines three main strategies: to reduce the size of the drug-using population through education and evidence-based prevention programs; to reduce barriers to treatment services; and to reduce the availability of drugs through law enforcement and cooperation with international partners. You can find the full report 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

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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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Webcast: Indiana ECHO

March 4, 12:30pm EST
The Indiana Rural Health Association is hosting a webinar that will focus on Project ECHO (Enhancing Community Healthcare Outcomes), which links medical specialists in Indiana to healthcare providers from around the state, equipping them with the training needed to manage patients with complex health conditions, including opioid use disorder. This presentation will introduce the Project ECHO model and highlight opportunities to improve patient outcomes.

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Conference: Recovery, Relapse & Resilience Across The Region

March 7, 8:00am-3:30pm EDT
inHealth is hosting their 6th annual social worker conference, with this year's theme focusing on the opioid crises. The conference will feature a unique blend of healthcare providers, non-profit foundations, law enforcement professionals, education professionals, and families and individuals struggling to overcome opioid use disorder. Register for the conference here.

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