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October 22, 2019

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

Opioid CME required before renewing a CSR

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Fewer than two weeks remain before the Oct. 31 deadline to renew a Controlled Substances Registration (CSR) in Indiana. State law now requires those renewing a CSR to certify that they have completed two hours of CME on opioid prescribing and abuse within the previous two years. If you still need to earn these CME credits, the Indiana State Medical Association’s Online app offers an array of free video courses, podcasts and webinars to help fulfill the new mandate. Learn more here, and get started today.

HHS Announces Guide for Appropriate Tapering or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Use

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published a guide with best practices around reducing or tapering the dosage of long-term opioid analgesics. When a patient takes opioids for a prolonged duration, any abrupt change in their regimen may put the patient at risk of harm and should include a thorough, deliberative case review and discussion with the patient. HHS does not recommend opioids be tapered rapidly or discontinued suddenly due to the significant risks of opioid withdrawal, unless there is a life-threatening issue confronting the individual patient.

Rising Heart Infections Tied to Opioid Epidemic

As the opioid epidemic continues in the United States, more cases of an infection that damages the heart are also being seen. According to an analysis of the largest publicly-available inpatient database in the United States, researchers have found that intravenous drug use is a particular risk factor for infective endocarditis. Between 2002 and 2016, rates of infective endocarditis doubled, with much of the increase occurring in young, poor, white men who also tended to have higher rates of alcohol abuse, hepatitis C and HIV. Nationally, the average age of patients with infective endocarditis was 68, but among those who also had drug use disorders, the average age was 38.

SAMHSA Releases new Best Practices and Suggested Guidelines for Recovery Housing


Recovery housing is an intervention that is specifically designed to address the recovering person’s need for a safe and healthy living environment while supplying the requisite recovery and peer supports. This report identifies 10 specific areas, or guiding principles, to help states and federal policy makers define and understand what comprises safe, effective and legal recovery housing. The guiding principles in this document are meant to provide an overarching framework that builds upon and extends the foundational policy and practice work that had guided the development of recovery housing to date.

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Ethic in Prevention: A Guide for Substance Abuse Prevention Practioners

Available Oct 21- Nov 1
This moderated online course explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics. The course also introduces a decision-making process to help practitioners apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas, and an online discussion area to facilitate discussion with other course participants. Additional information and registration available 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. More information and registration here.

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Buprenorphine Waiver Training Information Session

October 30, 1-1:30pm
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in partnership with the American Society of Addiction Medicine, are providing an information session about the 26 buprenorphine trainings they will host starting in January 2020. More information and registration 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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Meridian Community Health Speaker Series featuring Ryan Leaf

November 14, 10am-12pm
The Meridian Community Health Speaker Series will feature former NFL player, Ryan Leaf in an effort to bring awareness to people in recovery from drug addiction. 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.