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July 23, 2019

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

Mobile opioid response unit among new effors at drug treatment in St. Joseph County

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A mobile unit providing drug treatment will soon be offered in St. Joseph County by their health department. The mobile unit is roughly the size of an ambulance, and will house a social worker, a public health nurse, a recovery coach and a physician. This team will provide on-the-spot treatment and counseling for opioid use disorder, as well as connect patients to other resources in the community that may help their recovery. St. Joseph County Health Department hopes to have the mobile unit operational by the end of the month. The mobile unit will travel to designated areas set by the health department and will use the naloxone hot-spot map as one of the tools to help determine the high-need areas.

PTACC field-wide deflection research brief released

The Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative released their latest research brief boiling down their most current results from pre-arrest diversion programs, which are listed below:

  1. Pre-Arrest Diversion represents the first intercept with the criminal justice system, making it a prime opportunity to redirect adults with mental health conditions and substance use disorders (SUDs) from jails;
  2. The majority of adults booked into local jails require mental health services and treatments for SUDs, which are typically not provided in local facilities;
  3. Behavioral health conditions are associated with repeat criminal justice contact with SUDs being the strongest predictor of jail readmission;
  4. Pre-arrest diversion programs assess and address behavioral health needs associated with continual involvement in the criminal justice system; and
  5. Preliminary results indicate participants who fully engage in pre-arrest diversion programs tend to have low rates of recidivism for extended periods of time.

Medicare going in 'right direction' on opioid epidemic

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A report recently released by the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) highlighted the significant increase of buprenorphine and naltrexone prescriptions for Medicare recipients between 2016 and 2018. The report also found more than a 500% increase for naloxone prescriptions. There has been more than a 10% decrease for opioid prescriptions through Medicare Part D and more than a 40% decrease in the classification of those considered at serious risk for opioid misuse under Medicare. The HHS points to recent efforts to curb opioid misuse, including a seven-day limit on first-time opioid prescriptions, pharmacy alerts about Medicare beneficiaries who receive high doses of pain meds and drug management programs. The full report can be accessed here.

Impact of Indiana's opioid epidemic demonstrated through film by IUPUI faculty

Filmmakers and students at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI are working together to produce a film that will tell stories of people and communities affected by the HIV outbreak and opioid epidemic in Indiana. Their work will include three scripted films, all taking place in Scott County, and two documentaries. One documentary will focus on Wes Doty, who found recovery through running. Their work will be published on the Opioid Stories website. Future work for the filmmakers includes adding stories and interviews regarding recovery to the website and begin outreach efforts in other communities working to address the opioid crisis.

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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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Webcast Series: Recovery Supports for People with OUD Using MAT

July 24, 31 and August 7,
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
SAMHSA’s invites you to join a three-part learning series focusing on recovery supports for people considering or using medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) or co-occurring disorders. There will be three separate sessions, detailing the neurobiology of OUD, highlighting supports for people using MAT, and exploring the role of peer support workers in engaging and supporting people with OUD. Registration and more information can be found here.

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Webcast: MAT for Opioid Use Disorder in Correctional Settings: Notes from the Field

July 25, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
This webinar will provide an overview of the national conversation around implementing 
medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in correctional settings and emerging promising practices observed in the field. Participants will hear from policy, law enforcement, and medical experts 
regarding practical considerations around implementing MAT in this setting. Register for this event here.

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Webcast Series: The Intersection of Substance Use, Overdose, and Suicide

July 30, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET
This webinar is part one of a two-part series presented in collaboration with the Great Lakes PTTC and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Part one will describe the complicated relationship between substance use disorders and suicidal thinking and behaviors. Presenters will explore the implications of this information for prevention and early intervention including opportunities for collaboration. Register for this event here.

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Webcast: Breastfeeding Recommendations for Women Impacted by OUD

August 1, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. ET
This webcast will provide resources for identifying pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-partum women with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), strategies and tools for discussing it with them, and approaches to refer them to the most appropriate options for support and follow up. Register for this webinar here.

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