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May 21, 2019

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

New report provides best practices on pain management

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Pain Management Inter-agency Task Force released a new report highlighting the necessity of multidisciplinary approaches for pain management during the opioid crisis. The report outlines how providers can best manage patient pain, including utilizing physical therapy and behavioral and psychological health services instead of solely relying on opioids. However, the task force cautioned against withholding opioids from patients who truly need them, as they are appropriate in certain treatment regimens. The report also details the need to address stigma as this is also a challenge in pain management care. The full report can be accessed here.

Few at risk for opioid overdose get potentially life-saving naloxone


A new study has found that only a small percentage of people at high risk for opioid overdose are getting prescriptions for naloxone, the overdose reversal drug. Researchers examined insurance claims and found that among patients ages 15 and older with claims related to opioid misuse or dependence, opioid-related overdose, or both, only 1.5 percent received prescriptions for naloxone after a hospitalization, a visit to an emergency room or a visit to a doctor’s office. Researchers conclude that much of this is driven by stigma, as naloxone continues to be falsely associated with enabling or encouraging patients to abuse opioids.

Quantity, not type of opioid, matters for post-op opioid dependency

A recently published study detailed that the doses of opioids prescribed, and not the type of opioid, correspond with long-term opioid use. The study enrolled 18,000 adult patients who experienced an arm or leg fracture. The study demonstrated that prescribers often fail to take into account the differing levels of strength per milligram in varying opioids, in which higher doses can lead to increased risk for prolonged use.

Group fighting opioid epidemic hoping to build recovery home

Overdose Lifeline

Overdose Lifeline, a not-for-profit focused on fighting the opioid crisis by focusing on advocacy, education, harm reduction, prevention, and support, aims to establish a recovery residence in which patients would receive treatment, including mental health and addiction support and employment and education assistance. As the opioid epidemic continues in Indiana, physicians and emergency room doctors are facing the reality that there are too few facilities to accommodate people who struggle with addiction. Such recovery houses offer healthcare providers a way to connect patients with treatment resources.

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Webcast: Communicating with Tribal Audiences on Opioid Overdose Prevention

May 21, 2:00pm
Join this CDC webinar to hear expert insight on communicating to tribal audiences who are working to combat the opioid epidemic. Speakers will provide context and strategies for successfully collaborating with, supporting and engaging tribes around opioid overdose prevention. This session is the first in a three-part webinar series. Tune in at the appropriate date and time here.

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Ann Daugherty Symposium for Basic Science of Addiction and Treatment

May 22, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
This conference is a forum for professionals, policymakers, educators and the public from diverse disciplines interested in the biochemical, genetic, behavioral, and public health aspects of addiction. Register here.
Franklin, IN

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SBIRT Training

May 29, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
ISDH, in partnership with Prevention Insights, is hosting Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) sessions at three locations this year. There is one session left in
Wayne County.

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22nd Annual Mental Health and Addiction Symposium

June 21, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Join Mental Health America of Indiana and the IU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry for a one day conference focused on new and emerging data in the fields of mental health and addiction. Workshop topics include: precision pain management, mental health and the workplace, substance use and youth, and more. Register here!
Location: Indianapolis, IN

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