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October 8, 2019

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

Free telementoring ECHO opportunities with IU School of Medicine to treat Opioid Use Disorder

Project ECHO IU

The Indiana University School of Medicine is recruiting participants for the Opioid TeleECHO cohorts for prescribers, behavioral health and peer recovery specialists, and medical co-morbidities tracks. This low-cost, high-impact intervention is accomplished by linking community-based clinicians and peer specialists with an inter-disciplinary team of expert specialists, using Zoom videoconferencing technology. Experts mentor and share their expertise across a virtual network via case-based learning, enabling primary care clinicians to treat patients with OUD in their own communities. The 90-minute weekly sessions are free and provide 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits per session. 

Now Available: Methamphetamine resources and videos from SAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released new videos and other resources to help stop the use of methamphetamine (meth) and offer support to those in need of treatment. Meth is a highly addictive drug, and its use is on the rise. The new resources discuss short- and long-term effects of meth use, and provide links to local treatment services. With the right treatment plan, recovery is possible.

NIH funds $945 million in research to tackle the national opioid crisis through NIH HEAL Initiative

To reverse the opioid crisis that continues to grip the nation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $945 million in total fiscal year 2019 funding for grants, contracts and cooperative agreements across 41 states through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative or NIH HEAL Initiative. The research effort aims to improve treatments for chronic pain, curb the rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdose, and achieve long-term recovery from opioid addiction. Three Indiana projects were funded, two of which will be based at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis, and the third at Purdue University.

Funding Opportunity: Combating Opioid Overdose Through Community-level Intervention Initiative

The University of Baltimore’s Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement (CDPE) announced plans to manage a $4.5 million grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the federal program known as Combating Opioid Overdose through Community-level Intervention Initiative (COOCLI). The grant will fund two types of local initiatives either in the field of community-based research for addressing the opioid overdose epidemic or in supporting and promoting partnerships between law enforcement and public health agencies to reducing opioid misuse. The University of Baltimore and CDPE began accepting applications for sub-awards from the grant on Oct. 1, 2019 and applications are due Nov. 1, 2019.

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Webinar on Opioid Overdose Prevention on Campus

October 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Dr. Lucas G. Hill and Lori K. Holleran Steiker of the University of Texas at Austin will discuss the role of naloxone on campus and the implementation of a proactive overdose prevention model. Additional information and registration available 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. 

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Peer Recovery Supervision Training

October 23, 8:30am-4:30pm    Held in South Bend, IN, this introspective one-day training explores the role, scope of practice and ethical dimensions of peer recovery supports to ensure those attending grasp the intricacies of the role they may be supervising. All participants will leave this training with a peer recovery support supervision personal plan of action to utilize based upon their strengths and methods to strengthen areas of improvement. Register here

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Attorney General's 10th Annual Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium

October 29 - October 30
This program is the largest statewide collaboration of professionals impacted by drug abuse. Through this type of collaboration, your work can be impactful in bringing solutions to this issue as we examine critical and emerging topics associated with this public health and safety crisis. Register here.

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Recovery & Culture Training

November 6 - November 8
This 3 day, 18 CEU course provided by the Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition is designed to help recovery professionals be more effective in working with people in recovery from diverse cultures. Additional information and registration available here.