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October 16, 2019

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

ISDH releases overdose data dashboard


A new dashboard released by the ISDH Drug Overdose Prevention Team displays drug overdose injury data in new, easy to understand graphics. The goal of the dashboard is to help communities tailor responses to the drug overdose epidemic by first understanding the data in their communities. Using this information, stakeholders can create well-informed and localized drug overdose education and prevention efforts and other targeted interventions. Access to data from a variety of sources is key to supporting both state and local overdose response and prevention activities.

DEA allowed huge growth in painkiller supply as overdose deaths rose

Despite a nationwide surge in the number of deaths from opioid overdoses, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) permitted drug manufacturers to produce even more narcotic painkillers between 2002 and 2013, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Justice's inspector general. The DEA continued setting higher quotas for oxycodone production during the 11-year period, amounting to a 400 percent increase in output, despite the fact that agency officials said the DEA has revoked roughly 900 licenses annually in the past eight years in an effort to tighten opioid distribution. Drug companies have long argued that they produced only as many as pills the DEA allowed each year.

Victims gain a voice to help guide Purdue Pharma bankruptcy

The U.S. trustee overseeing the recent Purdue Pharma bankruptcy has appointed four people whose lives were touched by substance abuse to sit on the nine-member Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors. It is unusual for a creditors committee to include private citizens. In this instance, the private citizens could bring a touch of emotional persuasiveness to the case. The committee can hire lawyers and financial experts paid for by the debtor and investigate issues, such as the company’s value and even whether the Sackler family has improperly taken company money. It is expected to look out for the interests of all parties to whom Purdue owes money; so far, most of the attention in the case has been on the Purdue Pharma settlement talks with state and local governments.

National Trends in Hepatitis C Infection by Opioid Use Disorder Status among Pregnant Women at Delivery Hospitalization

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Over the last 10 years, the rate of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has been increasing in the general U.S. population, especially among pregnant women. The HCV rate increase seems to be intertwined with the opioid crisis, with approximately 68 percent of pregnant women with HCV infection also having opioid use disorder. In this new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the authors found an increase in the rate of HCV infection at delivery from 0.8 cases per 1,000 live births in 2000 to 4.1 cases per 1,000 live births in 2015. For mothers who also had an opioid use disorder, that rate was as high as 216.9 cases per 1,000 live births in 2015. This article recommend screening for and treatment of HCV and other related conditions as the standard of care for treating opioid use disorder.

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Closing the Treatment Gap in Communities of Color

October 17, 12:00pm-1:00pm  This webinar will highlight the use of FDA-approved medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, collectively known as medication-assisted treatment (MAT), for the treatment of opioid use disorder among people of color. Register here. 

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.

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Labor of Love Infant Mortality Summit

December 11, 8:30am-4:30pm     This year’s Labor of Love Infant Mortality Summit is all about Connecting Communities ― linking pregnant women to services where they live and connecting community-based organizations to each other so they can accomplish more together. Early bird pricing ends November 15. Register here.