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June 18, 2019

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

Updated Infographics on ISDH website

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The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has revised three infographics tailored to pharmacies and their clients. The infographics have updated information regarding naloxone pricing at pharmacies, pharmacies that dispense naloxone and addiction treatment information. The three infographics can be accessed here, here and here.

Improving the lives of people with addiction - alternatives to arrest

More than 750 communities across the country are establishing pre-arrest diversion (also referred to as deflection) programs to counter the drug crisis. This intervention involves connecting three crucial stakeholders: law enforcement/first responders, treatment professionals (including mental health, housing, drug treatment and other providers) and community partners. The goal of deflection is to connect people with substance use disorders and mental illness to treatment, support networks and other needed services. Deflection helps alleviate the stress on law enforcement services when faced with individuals who need to be directed to social services instead of experiencing the effects of an institutional setting.

Report shows progress in opioid crisis


Physicians and other providers across Indiana are making strides in the current opioid epidemic, according to the American Medical Association’s 2019 Opioid Progress Report. Data used for the report show Indiana’s INSPECT prescription drug monitoring program received more than 3 million queries in 2018, an increase of 146% compared to 2016. INSPECT also shows an increase in utilization by physicians, up almost 25% from 2017 to 2018. Opioid prescriptions have also declined about 13% during the same period in Indiana. The full report can be accessed here.

The impact of preoperative opioid use on patient outcomes

A new study found that preoperative opioid prescription use is associated with variables such as longer length of stay and higher hospital readmission rates. Currently, 40 percent of patients who need knee, hip and shoulder replacements are prescribed opioids prior to surgery, according to the authors of the study. Researchers suggest tapering opioid prescriptions prior to surgery to prevent worse health outcomes. Researchers also hope that this study helps providers and hospitals understand how certain risk factors lead to a higher costs. The entire study can be accessed 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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2019 Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair

July 18 - 21, Indiana Convention Center, Halls  J&K

The 34th Black and Minority Health Fair will be happening over a four day span in July, during which more than $2,000 worth of free screenings, health education, special guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, entertainment, and healthy activities will be available to the public. The goal of the fair is to increase awareness of chronic disease and how to prevent onset. More information can be found here, and an informational flyer can be found here.