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September 3, 2019

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

New proposed rule would allow doctors to see past substance use history

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed changes to a privacy rule that would make it easier for healthcare providers to know if a patient has a history of addiction. The rule requires patient consent to share substance use records created by federally-funded treatment programs. The new proposed rule aims to facilitate better coordination of care for substance use disorders, which will also enhance care for opioid use disorder. The change could help keep providers from unknowingly prescribing a potentially harmful drug, such as opioids, to a patient with a past substance use disorder. Under the proposal, law enforcement would still be prohibited from accessing substance abuse records. The proposal will be open for public comment for 60 days.

Children of incarcerated parents have more substance abuse, anxiety

Children of incarcerated parents are six times more likely than other children to develop a substance use disorder as adults and nearly twice as likely to have diagnosable anxiety, according to new research from the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. With more than 2.7 million children experiencing a parent in jail or prison, understanding the long-term health and social implications of incarceration for children is critical. Researchers conclude that from a public health perspective, preventing parental incarceration could improve the well-being of children and young adults, as could aiding children and families once a parent figure has been incarcerated.

Indiana officials call meth emerging drug crisis

At a recent meeting of the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse, officials discussed an emerging shift in the drug epidemic. Though provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown an overall decrease in drug overdose deaths both in Indiana and at the national level, deaths caused by methamphetamine continue to be a problem. Indiana had more meth possession charges in the first seven months of 2019, than in all of 2016 combined. Representatives from the Indiana Department of Education, Family and Social Services Administration and Department of Corrections all presented how each administration is addressing the rise in meth.

Babies born after opioid exposure deserve legal recognition

With a nationwide prescription opioid lawsuit scheduled for trial in two months, attorneys for newborns suffering from exposure to opioids in the womb have made a last-ditch plea for special legal treatment for the infants and their guardians. The attorneys, from 20 firms that represent children across the country insist that a settlement or verdict must yield billions of dollars specifically earmarked for years-long monitoring of the physical and mental health of children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Without that guarantee cities and towns are likely to spend any money they receive from drug companies on more pressing and popular needs, as some states did with windfalls from the tobacco settlement two decades ago. This action comes just as a court in Oklahoma ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in the opioid crisis, creating questions about its impact on similar suits filed across the country.

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Marion County Re-Entry Coalition

Tuesday 9/3 at Eagle Branch Library, 6 to 8 p.m. ET

Marion County Re-Entry Coalition will be holding forums across the city for any and all faith-based organizations looking to improve the lives of people affected by the justice system. All faith-based organizations working with the re-entry population are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by emailing info@communitysolutionsinc.net with your name, organization, date of session you wish to attend, and the total number of people attending.

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Webcast: Tailoring an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program for Drug Courts

September 3, 3:00 p.m. ET
This webinar, hosted by SAMHSA's GAINS Center, will discuss tailoring standardized opioid overdose prevention trainings for drug court practitioners using SAMHSA's Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit. Practical considerations will be covered, such as how to integrate an opioid overdose response team into the drug court calendar, administering naloxone, and prevention training delivery. Register here.

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Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition Recovery Month Event

September 7, 10:30 a.m. ET
The Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition will host its Recovery Ride and Rally event, which will include their annual motorcycle ride. There will also be a family canal walk, followed by speakers, food vendors and live music at historic Military Park. General admission to the event is free. The flyer for the event can be accessed here. If you or your organization would like to be a sponsor or exhibitor for the event, email Jodi Miller at jmiller@mhai.net.

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PACE Recovery Month Event

September 27, 12:00 p.m. ET
The PACE Recovery Resource Center is hosting a celebration and 5k walk in honor of Recovery Month. See the attached flyer for more information. The event, which will take place in Indianapolis, is free and open to the public.