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March 5, 2019

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

Know the O Facts releases new social media toolkit

Know the O Facts

As part of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Recovery initiative, the “Know the O Facts” awareness campaign helps people learn the facts about opioid use. The more knowledge people have about the effects of opioids, the more likely they will be to avoid misusing them, stop misusing them, and encourage more people to get evidence-based treatment. The campaign recently released a social media toolkit, providing graphics, logos and an explanation of the most effective ways to share this critical message. Please check out the toolkit (under “Social Media Tools”) and join us in sharing the message on social media.

Emergency departments could connect overdose survivors to treatment

In emergency rooms across the country, survivors of drug overdoses are often discharged without any follow-up for future treatment, creating a missed opportunity in the health system. More training and understanding for emergency department health professionals would improve outcomes after overdose patients are stabilized. ED physicians face many challenges when treating substance use disorder. Indiana is tackling this issue through programs such as Project POINT, which aims to connect nonfatal overdose patients in the ED with naloxone and treatment services.

Meijer launches consumer drug take-back program in all stores

Meijer recently announced that it is launching its new Consumer Drug Take-Back Program by installing secure in-store kiosks designed to help customers safely and properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at no cost. Customers can find the easily identifiable kiosks in the pharmacy area in all 241 Meijer supercenters across the Midwest. To find a location near you, visit the Meijer website.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime releases World Drug Report for 2018

World Drug Report 2018

The non-medical use of prescription drugs is becoming a major threat to public health and law enforcement worldwide, with opioids causing the most harm and accounting for 76 percent of deaths where drug use disorders were implicated, according to the latest World Drug Report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Fentanyl and its analogues remain a problem in North America, while tramadol – an opioid used to treat moderate and moderate-to-severe pain – has become a growing concern in parts of Africa and Asia. The findings of this year’s World Drug Report show that drug markets are expanding, with cocaine and opium production hitting record highs.  

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Conference: Recovery, Relapse & Resilience Across The Region

March 7, 8:00am-3:30pm EST
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 here.

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Employer Opioid Strategy – Event Series

Workforce recovery

March 12, 8:00am-3:00pm EDT
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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2019 Indiana CHW/CRS Annual Conference

March 15, 8:00am-3:30pm EDT
The Indiana Community Health Worker / Certified Recovery Specialist (CHW/CRS) Annual Conference is an opportunity for CHWs and CRS' to connect and network with other helping professionals and learn knowledge and skills beneficial to the important work that they do. Register here.

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Management Performance Hub (MPH) Data Day

March 20, 10:00am-2:00pm EDT
MPH Data Day is an open event for people that want to share ideas and learn how Indiana is leading the nation with data and innovation. Hear from MPH partners that are using Indiana data to positively impact the lives of Hoosiers, including the Indiana State Dept. of Health. Registration is not necessary.
Location: Indianapolis, IN

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Recommendations for Surveillance of EMS Data for Opioid Overdoses

March 21, 2:00pm EDT
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.