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September 17, 2019

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

Indiana among the most underfunded for opioids

Fairbanks report

A new report from the Indianapolis-based Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation says Indiana is receiving less federal funding than it should to help combat the opioid epidemic. The report compares the amount of funding each state has received to its percentage of opioid-related overdose deaths. The Hoosier state ranks near the bottom of the list; the report says Indiana received nearly $160 million but was still underfunded by more than $175 million.

Prescription opioid misuse associated with risk behaviors among adolescents

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used data from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey to explore the association between nonmedical use of prescription opioids and 29 other risky health behaviors revolving around substance use, violence victimization, mental health, sexual behavior and others. They found a significant correlation between the engagement in risky behaviors and the use of nonmedical prescription opioids. While these results are only correlational, researchers point out that it is in line with “risk behavior syndrome,” in which adolescents who engage in a socially-defined problem behavior are more likely to engage in other concerning behaviors. The indication is that primary prevention of opioid misuse among adolescents should be combined with other general interventions to decrease risk factors of unhealthy behaviors and increase protective factors for overall health.

The future of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids

In an investigation sponsored by the RAND Corp., researchers examined the past, present and future of synthetic opioids in the United States with the goal of a systematically assessing the drug overdose crisis. They found that the distribution of fentanyl in illicit drugs has been concentrated east of the Mississippi, and once fentanyl gains a foothold in the location, it can quickly sweep through the market, driving up the death rate. The report says that since fentanyl is less common in much of the Western part of the United States, it is possible that the crisis will get worse in that part of the country before it gets better. Therefore, the authors propose increased efforts to prevent the proliferation of synthetic opioids from becoming entrenched in areas that have been only moderately affected.

SAMHSA releases waivers for practitioners to prescribe Buprenorphine for opioid dependency treatment

The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities, or SUPPORT, Act allows the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to extend to some healthcare providers the ability to prescribe buprenorphine in office-based settings through Oct. 1, 2023. Qualifying providers include clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified nurse midwives. Buprenorphine is a medication-assisted opioid dependency treatment.

The act also expands the ability of qualifying practitioners to treat up to 100 patients in the first year of waiver receipt if they satisfy certain training and facility requirements. After the 100 patient limit, qualifying practitioners can apply to increase their patient limit to 275. Click here to apply for a buprenorphine waiver.

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East Central Indiana Drug Prevention Summit 2019

September 19, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
This summit will focus on substance abuse and the different drug challenges within the communities of East Central Indiana. Attendees will include individuals from behavorial health, medicine, treatment, recovery, prevention, law enforcement, education, government agencies, faith-based groups and all community members interested in becoming involved in developing solutions, programs and policies to reduce the current drug trend issues. Register here.

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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.

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6th Annual Celebration of Lives Lost

September 28, 6:00 p.m. ET
This complimentary dinner and program, sponsored by Drug Free Marion County and hosted by the Indianapolis Colts, honors those who have lost their lives to drugs or alcohol.  The evening features a Recognition of Lives Lost ceremony, as the name of each individual being honored is read along with the date of the person's passing. Register here.

Meridian Community Health Speaker Series featuring Sam Quinones

September 30, 11am-1pm
Meridian Health Services is hosting the Meridian Community Health Speaker Series featuring award-winning author, Sam Quinones. Quinones, a journalist and author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, will be speaking at Ross-Ade Stadium at Purdue University on Monday, September 30, 2019. Complimentary luncheon will be provided by Meridian Health Services. Register here.

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First Responder Resiliency and Peer Support Course

October 21 - October 25
This 40-hour course will allow attendees to learn how to serve as a peer supporter, conduct individual psychological debriefings, and make appropriate referrals for peers and their family members to enhance human resiliency. Audience may include first responders, administrators, police, emergency services personnel, fire fighters, chaplains, probation, parole and dispatchers. Register here