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April 9, 2019

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

Register for SBIRT trainings

ISDH has partnered with Prevention Insights from IU Bloomington to provide Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) sessions at three locations this year. SBIRT is an evidence-based approach to identifying patients who use alcohol and other drugs at risky levels, with the goal of reducing and preventing related health consequences, diseases, accidents and injuries. This will include three locations across the state in Howard, Wayne and Scott counties. There will be three sessions at each location. The target audience for these trainings include physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, nurse-practitioners, allied health professionals, counselors, social workers, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals that have direct patient/client interactions. Follow the link below to register at the location of your choice.
Howard County
Wayne County
Scott County

ISDH publishes new drug overdose data brief

New Indiana data brief

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has recently published a new data brief focusing on fatal drug overdoses in Indiana. The report concludes that drug overdose deaths, more specifically opioid-involved deaths, have continued to rise in Indiana and impact people of all races, sexes, ages and locations, though provisional data from 2018 indicates potential decreases in the annual number of drug overdose deaths. The drug epidemic has also evolved over the last decade in three distinct waves: an increase in prescription opioid-involved deaths, a spike in heroin-involved deaths and a surge in synthetic opioid-involved deaths primarily consisting of illicitly manufactured fentanyl. Lastly, opioids continue to be the most frequently found substance in overdose deaths. You can find the full report here.

HepConnect initiative launched to reduce hepatitis C infections

Gilead Sciences, an American biotechnology company, recently launched HepConnect, a five-year, multi-million-dollar regional initiative to address the intersection of hepatitis C and drug use through grant-making and community mobilization in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, North Carolina and West Virginia. The Harm Reduction Coalition was selected as the lead grantee charged with making investments through building program capacity and supporting targeted outreach and education, providing on-the-ground technical assistance and convening stakeholders to strengthen local, state and regional partnerships. Visit www.hepconnect.com to learn more.

Register for the two-day Prevention Convention

The Indiana Prevention Resource Center is hosting a free two-day Prevention Convention April 15-17 that offers an opportunity to grow skills, develop awareness and connect with professionals in Indiana in the field of substance abuse prevention. The event is tailored for those working in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, public health, treatment, education, social services and youth development. The event takes place in downtown Indianapolis at the Eiteljorg Museum, and participants can earn up to 12 CEUs.


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Webcast: Smoking Cessation for Smokers with Opioid Use Disorder

April 9, 2:00pm EDT
This webinar will offer evidence-based behavioral and pharmacological tobacco cessation treatment, describe strategies to address tobacco use among persons with opioid use disorder, and discuss cessation treatments to enhance efficacy among persons with opioid use disorder. Register here.

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Webcast: The Role of Peer Specialists

April 10, 2:00pm EDT
This webinar, hosted by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will highlight the roles of peer specialists, discuss the value of implementing peer specialist in criminal justice settings, and identify the support needs of peer specialist and ethical considerations. Register here.

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Webcast: Effective Implementation of RNR in Treatment Court Settings

April 22, 1:30pm EDT
The Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) principles have applications that benefit both criminal justice and behavioral health practitioners. This webinar will cover implementation of the RNR model, focusing on effective integration of RNR principles in treatment court settings. Presenters will provide an overview of the importance of RNR, different types of tools available, and specific considerations for treatment court professionals. Register here.

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Second Annual SEOW Symposium

May 17, 8:00am-2:00pm
The Indiana State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) Symposium highlights research and initiatives in the substance use and mental health fields. It provides a forum for prevention professionals, coalition leaders, researchers, and state partners to share their knowledge, and to engage in networking opportunities. Register here.