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October 29, 2019

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

New study finds opioid crisis cost U.S. economy $631B over 4 years

The Society of Actuaries published a report about the growing cost of the opioid crisis on individuals, the government and the insurance market, citing a final cost burden of $631 billion from 2015 to 2018. The biggest driver of the cost during that period is unrealized lifetime earnings of the more than 400,000 individuals who died from drug overdoses, followed by healthcare costs. Criminal justice and child-welfare system costs have been pushed up by the opioid epidemic. The report predicts that the cost of the opioid crisis this year is likely to be between $171 billion and $214 billion.

SAMHSA Blog: Opioid and Illicit Drug Use Among The Hispanic/Latino Populations


As Hispanic Heritage Month drew to a close on Oct. 15, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Office of Behavioral Health Equity posted a blog about the extent of opioid and illicit drug use among the Hispanic/Latino population in the United States. SAMHSA also posted links to bilingual resources to use when working with diverse populations. It is important to ensure that culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention and treatment services for individuals with mental and substance use disorders are available, and Hispanic Heritage month is a reminder that we all have a role to play in preventing alcohol and other drug misuse for vulnerable populations and ensuring the availability of recovery support services.

SAMHSA Releases Updated Resources for Consumers and Providers about Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients

SAMHSA recently released a pair of manuals for guidance in the treatment of anger management for individuals with substance abuse. The updated manual for group leaders contains a 12-week cognitive–behavioral anger management group treatment model. The content includes specific instructions and suggested remarks for group leaders, and exercises for group members. There is also a new participant workbook that summarizes the information presented in each session of the 12-week program and provides worksheets for completing exercises. You can access the therapy manual for group leaders here and the accompanying participant workbook here.

CDC Publishes Updated Guide on Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its sixth technical package on the prevention of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). ACEs are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (birth to 17 years), such as experiencing violence, abuse or neglect; witnessing violence in the home; or having a family member attempt or die by suicide. ACEs can have lifelong effects on a child’s or adolescent’s health, life potential and behaviors, including increasing risk for drug use or abuse. This guide provides information on the following strategies for preventing or treating ACEs: strengthening economic support to families, promoting social norms that protect against violence and adversity, ensuring a strong start for children, teaching skills, connecting youth to activities and intervening to lessen immediate and long-term harms.

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Opioid CME Deadline October 31

Deadline: October 31
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.

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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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CDC's Response to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

November 6, 12:00pm
This webinar presentation will cover the history of the opioid overdose epidemic, the latest data, the role of substance use and abuse before and after a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and CDC’s response to the opioid overdose epidemic and intersections with TBI. 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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Meridian Community Health Speaker Series featuring Ryan Leaf

November 14, 10:00am-12:00pm
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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ISDH Webcast: There's a Method to the Data Madness

November 18, 2:00-3:00pm
This webcast will provide an overview of the newly released Drug Overdose Data Dashboard including how to get county by county data on opioid prescriptions, hospital discharges, and deaths. More information and registration 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.