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July 16, 2019

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

RFP for Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Centers

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The Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) has released a funding opportunity for entities that plan to become designated as a Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Center (CARC). DMHA is looking to designate as many CARC’s that qualify per requirements found in the RFP. Entities that need additional resources or funds to fulfill requirements to be designated as a CARC need to apply for this RFP. Preference will be given to respondents according to the northern, central and southern regions of the state. Funding must be used to fill gaps in treatment continuum and build capacity to meet the requirements to be designated as a CARC. This deadline for this RFP is 3 p.m. Aug. 9.

New study shows teens who abuse opioids are more likely to later use heroin

A University of Southern California study, published in JAMA pediatrics, highlights the association between prescription opioid use and heroin. The study found that adolescents and teens who use prescription opioids are more likely to start using heroin by high school graduation. The study followed more than 3,000 freshmen from 10 Los Angeles area high schools through their senior years, and were asked about previous and use of prescription painkillers to get high. The study found that 13 percent of current opioid users and 10 percent of former opioid users switched to heroin by the end of high school, leading to the conclusion that adolescents need to be considered, and not overlooked, when discussing the opioid epidemic.

New substance abuse clinic serving rural counties


Columbus Regional Health’s outpatient behavioral health clinic recently hosted a public open house for its new facility. This new facility offers medication-assisted treatment, behavioral therapy and other services for people struggling with substance use disorders, including alcohol, opioids, methamphetamine and cocaine. The clinic will treat an estimated 100-plus patients within its first year and expects to increase this to nearly 600 patients by the end of its fifth year. The clinic is available to people living in Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Ripley, Scott and Shelby counties.

Incarceration and falling incomes may play a role in the U.S. opioid epidemic

A recent study published in Lancet Public Health found that when incarceration rates rise and household incomes fall, drug-related deaths increase. Between 1983 and 2014, the decrease in the national average household income coincided with a more than 12 percent increase in drug-related deaths. Furthermore, an increase in jail and prison admissions was associated with over a 1 percent and nearly 3 percent increase, respectively, in the country’s fatal drug overdose rate. A similar trend was discovered at the county level. The study aimed to highlight that opioid prescriptions are not the only cause for the current epidemic, and that public health must have a better understanding of the effects caused by mass incarceration.

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Webcast: Prevention Planning and Implementation - Part 2

July 15, 11:00 a.m. EDT
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: Screening and Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Implementation

July 17, 2019, 3:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar will feature  a knowledgeable SBIRT professional who will answer and discuss questions related to: administration and use of screening materials including the AUDIT, DAST, and the CRAFFT among others; brief interventions and referrals to treatment, including making effective warm handoffs; and workflow and integration of SBIRT into medical settings. 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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Fighting Addiction in Indiana through Hope: Faith-Based Trainings

July 10 - August 8
Join Overdose Lifeline, in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health at one of seven free regional, faith-based trainings across the state. These free trainings will help stakeholders build a collaborative network within each region by offering trainings, resources and assistance for faith-based partners. An informational flyer can be found here. Registration for the events 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.