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July 2, 2019

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

New data display from the State of Indiana

The Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent recently released a new data tool that allows users to track population, migration, education, labor force, health factors, internet access and other statistics about Hoosiers. The tool allows prospective users to view data about singular counties or to select multiple counties to compare to statewide metrics. Each data metric falls into one of three groupings: metrics that increase the population of the community and region (in dark blue), metrics that cultivate talent and increase educational attainment (in yellow) or metrics that raise household income and earnings (in light blue). The goal is to inform community organizations and policymakers who are focused on economic development. The data display could be used for grant applications because it displays indices of vulnerability that counties can use to justify the need for funding.

How one Indiana hospital drastically cut opioid prescriptions

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In response to the opioid epidemic, Indiana University (IU) Health researched new ways to effectively treat pain and addiction without prescribing as many opioids. Starting in January 2017, IU Health began monitoring when, where and by whom every opioid was prescribed within its healthcare system. When comparing April 2019’s data to the first month of monitoring, nearly 440,000 fewer opioid pills were prescribed. IU Health’s emergency department opioid prescriptions fell nearly 30 percent, with a 90 percent drop at its Frankfort facility.

International health agency removes controversial opioid guidelines

The World Health Organization (WHO) will discontinue two controversial published guidelines on prescribing opioid pain relievers due to pharmaceutical influence on the reports. The action is in response to two U.S. lawmakers who accused the WHO of being influenced by Purdue Pharma when it drafted its opioid prescribing guidelines. For example, the report detailed that “there is no fear for accidental death or dependence” when taking the correct dose of prescribed opioids, even though the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids misuse them. Because WHO reports have an international audience, many feared that the report could fuel opioid epidemics in countries outside of the United States.

FDA proposed tighter opioid rules that would make new drugs less addictive


The Food and Drug Administration has withdrawn the agency’s previous guidance for opioid manufacturers and proposed stricter rules for manufacturers. Under the new proposal, a drugmaker must detail if its new drug has “any characteristic that would mitigate the risk of overdose, abuse, or the development of addiction.” A company also needs to outline if its drug has “novel or greater risk” compared to current opioids.” The new proposal comes at a time when there are more than 1,600 civil cases against opioid manufactures and more than 47,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2017. The FDA acknowledged that the opioid crisis needs to be confronted while paying attention the benefits of prescribing opioids to manage chronic pain.

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Webcast: Prevention Planning and Implementation

July 9, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Prevention experts will show you how to use data-driven decision making to advance prevention outcomes and programs. Find out how organizations collect and use data in assessment, implementation, and evaluation of prevention programs. You'll see how you can use various types and sources of data in your everyday prevention work to ensure positive prevention outcomes. Register for this event here.

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Webcast: Peer Supports in Small Towns and Rural Communities

July 10, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
This webinar will describe peer support programs in micropolitan and rural communities, clarify the roles of peers in each of these programs, as well as the impact peers are having, and highlight the opportunities and challenges of operating peer programs in small towns and rural communities. Register for this event here.

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NIATx Change Leader Academy

July 11, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Location: Indianapolis
This interactive and free one-day face-to-face workshop will address improving coalition work through easy to understand quality improvement processes. Anyone interested in leading change or improvement in their prevention organization is encouraged to apply. More information can be found in this informational flyer. Register for this event here.

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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.

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Fourth Annual ECI Drug Prevention Summit

Sept. 19, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Location: Anderson
Intersect, Inc., Madison County’s substance abuse prevention agency, and The Children’s Bureau will be hosting the Fourth Annual ECI Drug Prevention Summit later this year. The summit will focus on substance abuse and the different drug challenges within the communities of East Central Indiana. Register for this event here.