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June 11, 2019

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

The push for fewer opioids for new mothers

Top hospitals across the United States are changing protocols to decrease the number of opioids prescribed to women after a cesarean section. For example, at the Cleveland Clinic, doctors are now ordering large doses of Tylenol and Motrin instead of prescribing oxycodone unless an opioid is requested. After implementing this change, opioid use after C-sections dropped by more than two-thirds. The change allows for more women to be alert during afterbirth, and it is generally considered safe for breastfed babies. The change comes from a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which found that one in 300 women who take opioids for the first time after a C-section will become dependent on opioids. While this number is low, about a third of U.S. newborns are delivered by C-section.

New drug that treats opioid addiction might not enter the market until 2024


In the midst of the current opioid crisis, medication can decrease opioid cravings and improve an individual’s chances of recovery. Many patients try several different medications before finding the right fit for them. Brixadi, a new addiction treatment drug, is ready for market but may be prevented from going on sale until 2024 even though it has already been deemed safe and effective by the FDA. Sublocade, a form of buprenorphine that is already available, has been designated an “orphan drug” by the FDA, which gives it five more years of exclusive market access.

Children of opioid users more likely to attempt suicide

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A new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry found that children whose parents are prescribed opioids are twice as likely to attempt suicide as children of parents who were not prescribed opioids. This finding came after researchers adjusted for other factors, such as parental history of suicide and depression. The study speculated that some opioid users might provide less care, monitoring and affection for their children, thereby leading to higher rates of suicide among children of opioid users.

American Medical Association’s opioid task force outlines roadmap to end epidemic

The AMA recently released several recommendations to policymakers on how they can help end opioid misuse. The recommendations come from the AMA’s Opioid Task force, which launched in 2014 to identify and implement best practices in medical offices to help curb the opioid epidemic. Some of the recommendations call on policymakers to eliminate barriers to treatment for opioid use disorder/substance use disorder and to remove the administrative burdens that delay FDA-approved medications for medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

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Webcast: Peer Support Services

June 12, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Peer recovery support services are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid abuse. The Community Justice Program at the University of Alabama will explain why implementing peer support is important and describe the work of peers at varying points of the justice system continuum and challenges they face in the areas of specialty court and treatment. Register here!

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Webcast: Overcoming Opioids: Paths to Progress

June 13, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
This webinar will discuss ongoing federal efforts to increase access to evidence-based treatment and guide people on a path to recovery, including steps taken by governors and state agencies to reduce the flow of opioids and transform pain management. Register here!

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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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Webcast: Best Practices in Family Treatment Drug Courts

June 20, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
In this webinar, hosted by SAMHSA's GAINS Center, three Family Treatment Drug Courts will share strategies to achieve improved outcomes through specialized courtroom design, programming to support family engagement, relationships with partner agencies, and data collection to inform decision making. Register here!

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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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