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May 28, 2019

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

New Free Continuing Education from the CDC


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and Medscape are introducing free continuing education (CE) for clinicians about overdose deaths among U.S. women ages 30-64 from 1999-2017. The CEs will also focus on the clinical implications of overdose deaths. This activity is intended for members of a healthcare team who care for women who might be at risk for drug overdose. To access this CE opportunity, click here and log in with Medscape credentials. If you do not have a Medscape account, register for free here.

Tech firms tackle opioid crisis with software

Various tech firms are taking aim at the opioid crisis by delivering treatment by smartphone. The new treatments help supplement and replace pharmaceuticals to treat substance use disorder. Pear Therapeutics has been granted approval to release its new app, reSET-O. This goal of the app is to reprogram the brain’s reward system after it has been altered by addictive substances. The app also allows medical teams to remotely monitor a patient’s progress, which helps fill the absence of medical care in remote areas. A recent study found that 40 percent of patients who used reSET-O abstained from addictive substances, compared with 17.6 percent who only received behavioral therapy. Furthermore, about 82 percent of those using the app stayed in therapy through 12 weeks.

How the opioid crisis disproportionately affects women


According to a government report released by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), prescription opioid deaths increased 471 percent for women between 1999 and 2015, compared to an increase of 218 percent among men. This large increase has greater societal implications, as women often play central roles in their respective families and communities. This increase also affects vulnerable populations within the family, primarily babies and adolescents. Babies born to women who used opioids could suffer from opioid withdrawal. Adolescents could also become addicted, since the judgment center in their brains does not fully form until their 20s.

Opioid addiction drug going mostly to whites, even as black death rate rises

According to a recent study, white drug users have nearly exclusive access to buprenorphine, the drug that curves cravings for opioids and reduces the chance of overdose. This comes at a time when opioid overdose deaths are rising faster for blacks than for whites. The author found that most white patients paid by cash or through private insurance, not by Medicare and Medicaid, to fund treatment. This highlights the cost burden for persons of low income. Dr. Andrew Kolodny, director of Opioid Policy Research at Brandeis University, states that prescribers can demand cash payments for buprenorphine due to the limited number of physicians or nurse practitioners who can prescribe buprenorphine. The full study can be accessed here.

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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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ECHO clinic for Opioid Use Disorder

May 29, noon to 1:30 PM
The Indiana University School of Medicine is offering prescribers and dispensers a free educational course on opioid use disorder (OUD). The course will occur via videoconferencing technology. This course will be held every Wednesday at noon for 16 concurrent weeks. Each course will consist of a brief lecture about a topic regarding OUD followed by a discussion of submitted cases. More information regarding curriculum and how to register can be found here.

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Effective Programs and Partnerships for Early Diversion

May 30, 2:00 pm ET
In this webinar, three jurisdictions will share information on how cross-systems partnerships and coordinated programming have enabled diversion of people with mental and substance use disorders away from criminal justice involvement and into treatment and services. Register here!  

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22nd Indiana Rural Health Association's Annual Conference

June 18-19, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
This annual conference brings together practitioners from the field and national experts to discuss current topics in public health and rural health. The latest information regarding the start-up and on-going management of rural health care delivery models are presented throughout the conference. Register here!
Location: French Link, IN

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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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